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The Best Fat Burning And Muscle Building Bodyweight Exercises

For when you can’t afford to go to the gym, don’t have access to one, or just don’t feel like going, there are always bodyweight exercises . Bodyweight exercises are an amazing way to keep fit and are a great way for a fitness beginner to get accustomed to the fitness world. Bodyweight exercises are wonderful tools for developing the your physique, and perhaps best of all, they don’t cost a dime!

Probably the most simple and known bodyweight exercise is the push-up. Push-ups have many varieties but they all target the same general muscle groups: the triceps and the chest. Normal grip push-ups work the chest the most while “tricep” or “diamond” push-ups – done with hands together and directly under the sternum – work the triceps more. Once you are able to crank out 15 or more reps easily, you may wish to increase the difficulty better encourage strength gains. This can be done by either filling a backpack with weights and wearing it while you do pushups, or by elevating your legs (e.g. doing pushups off a sofa).

Another great bodyweight exercise is the pullup. Pullups stimulate mainly the biceps and the lats(the upper back). Similar to pushups, pullups come in all shapes and sorts, usually distinguishable according the grip used. When your hands face towards you, it is called a chin up and utilizes the biceps more directly. When your palms face away, it is usually called a pull up and works the lats and forearms more. Something to remember on top of these differences, is that the wider the grip, the more focus is put on the lats, while the narrower it gets, more focus is put on the arms.

The last bodyweight exercise in this article is probably not the most well known but it is definitely one of the most useful: the hindu squat. Hindu squats were used for centuries by Hindu wrestlers to strengthen their enormous and powerful legs. Contrary to what one might think at first about the exercise, they are not bad for your knees at all, and have been in fact proven to be good for your knee health. The starting position of a hindu squat is a standing position with your arms extended in parallel to the floor. You then start to lower your body into a squat position while lowering your arms until they are perpendicular to the floor at the same time. The squat position of a hindu squat is not the same as a traditional squat position because you should be on your toes and your knees should be pointing forward, as opposed to being on your heels with your shins perpendicular to the floor.

Bodyweight exercises are extremely valuable to people of fitnesses of all levels. It is wonderful to be able to experience noticeable gains without having to spend any money or leave the house at all.

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Super Fast Fat Burning Workouts For Outdoors

I’ve got just a quick tip today to help get you started on your summer beach body with fast workouts that can be done anywhere. Now that it’s nice outside, why not take some of your workouts outdoors, instead of the stuffy old gym? One of the points I’d like to make with this article is that your workouts don’t have to be long drawn-out 2-hour events in order to get great metabolism boosting, muscle sculpting workouts.

Here’s an idea for an outdoor workout that literally takes me 10-20 minutes, but has me drenched in sweat and pumped up by the end…

There’s a little playground and a softball field at the end of my road.

So on a nice day, if I decide I just want to get a real quick outdoor workout in, I run over to the field, spend a couple minutes limbering up, and then…depending on how I feel, do about 10-20 minutes of the following exercises with almost no rest in between:

– 50, 75, or 100-yard wind sprints
-hill sprints (if you have a hill nearby)
– pushup variations
– walking lunge variations
– bodyweight squat variations
– box jump, squat jump, or lunge jump variations
– pullups on the playground monkey bars
– mountain climbers on ground

Sometimes I’ll rotate through all of these exercises and sometimes I’ll just pick a couple of them and just keep alternating. Whatever I choose, I keep the rest periods very short (10-30 seconds at most) so that the intensity stays as high as possible. This really maximizes the fat burning hormonal response and metabolism boosting response you get from these workouts, given the brief duration of the workout.

Believe me, if you do this at a high speed clip, you’ll get a killer workout in as little as 10-20 minutes, and then you can get back home and get on with your life.

Even if you’re not in super shape right now, you can just take it at a little lower intensity to ease yourself into it. It’s worth it! Working out in the outdoors and breathing in the fresh air definitely has a stimulating effect, and some studies I’ve seen have indicated that you possibly burn more calories exercising outdoors compared to indoors. So give it a try… You have nothing to lose, except a little of that extra belly fat!

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Revolutionary Workout Routine For Burning Maximum Body Fat

You only have two choices when it comes to losing fat…

Either you chase the pill and powder hype, or you do it the real, proven, effective way. The choice is yours, but I’m hoping that you’re reading this article in hope for a healthy solution, not a chemically-tainted one.

There is no real secret to losing fat. There are better solutions that many people are unaware of, but there are no secrets. As a health and fitness consultant, my objective is to help you get informed on the best possible methods of losing bodyfat.

It all boils down to three simple things. You need to eat right, exercise often, and change some habits. The main objective of this article is to lay out the exercise and workout component. Based on extensive research and real-world results, I’ve identified a workout routine that is sure to deliver great results.

The following workout routine incorporates cutting-edge science with the methodology of some of the elite trainers in the country. Give this workout a shot, and you should be able to lose a considerable amount of bodyfat, without losing muscle mass or going on starvation diets.

The principles are simple, yet powerful. Basically, the emphasis of this workout routine is to force your body to burn fat for fuel, and elevate your metabolism for a prolonged period of time. The key principles are pre-workout preparation, short weight training, and variable intensity cardio.

Anxious to get started? Check out the fat-burning workout routine below:

*Pre-workout*

This is a very important phase. Preparation during this phase can help you burn bodyfat for fuel and gain the energy needed to sustain a fairly intense workout.

– Make sure you haven’t eaten for 2 hours prior.
– Take natural green tea extract, standardized with 60% polyphenols and EGCG as the marker compound. Green tea is a wonderful energy booster and it has been proven to help the body burn more fat than caffeine along.

– Be well hydrated – Water is your best friend for fat-loss. It helps to increase your metabolic rate, increase your muscle contractile strength, and increase aerobic ouput.

*Workout*

First of all, you have to warm-up properly to promote blood-flow. Secondly, a short weight training session before your cardio session depletes glycogen. Glycogen is the substance that is burned before your body taps into fat for fuel. Lastly, the cardio you’ll be performing is of variable intensity.

Basically, variable intensity means that you don’t perform the cardio at the the same intensity, but rather you change the intensities to prevent your body from adapting.

– 5 minutes light aerobic exercise
– 20 minutes medium intensity weight lifting
— Squats or leg-presses
— Leg Curls
— Bench press or chest press
— Machine rows
— Lat Pull-downs
— Hanging Leg Raises
— Weighted Crunches
— Sidebends
– 30 minutes fat-burning cardio
— Variable low to medium intensity (Switch speeds or intensities frequently. Don’t do the same intensity for prolonged periods)

*Post-Workout*

– Drink 20-26 ounces of purified or spring water
– Wait 1 hour
– Then, consume 300-400 calorie meal with 50-25-25 caloric ratio (Carbs-Fats-Protein)
– Eat same meal every 3-4 hours

The post-workout guidelines are straight-forward. Water is essential, and eating the right meals is key to keep the metabolic fire burning. Small, frequent meals is one of the best ways to keep the calorie burning at a high level.

Give this workout routine a try, and you’ll see the difference it makes in your overall physique. You will feel fit and look toned. In time, as the fat just melts away, your current wardrobe might feel a lot looser. Just don’t say that I didn’t warn you.

There are may more tips and tricks you can apply for burning maximum bodyfat. The key is to find the right information and apply it in your workout routines. Always remember, the supplement industry may not have your best interest in mind, and when you’re buying a fitness book, don’t judge it by its cover.

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Lose Body Fat And Sculpt Lean Muscle With This Workout

Warning: this style of workout is WAY different than anything you’ve ever tried before and may result in a dramatically leaner, stronger body so that your friends no longer recognize you in a matter of weeks!

Alright, I exaggerated about your friends recognizing you, but this workout is still great for busy people that always use the excuse that they don’t have time to go to the gym, or even for the normal gym rat to try out for a few weeks to break out of a plateau.

Please keep an open-mind and don’t worry so much about what other people think, because this is quite different and you may get some funny looks, but you’ll get the last laugh with your new rock hard body! To be honest, most people are too self conscious to try something like this. If that’s the case for you, then that’s your loss.

Here’s how it works:

Instead of doing your traditional workouts of going to the gym 3-4 times a week and doing your normal weight training and cardio routines for an hour at a shot, with this program, you will be working out for just a couple minutes at a time, several times throughout each day, 5 days/week.

The program will consist of only bodyweight exercises done for about 2-3 minutes, 6-8 times per day, throughout each day. Now obviously if you work a normal office job, you are going to have to not be shy about doing a few exercises in your office and having your cube-mates watch you. Actually, I’ve found that some people that have tried this have actually gotten their co-workers to join them! If you have a private office, then you don’t have to worry about anybody watching you. If you work from home, or are a stay at home mom, there’s no reason you can’t fit these in throughout the day while at home. If you end up having a busy day with meetings and so forth, and can only fit a couple of these 2-minute workouts in, then so be it, but try to get as many done each day as you can.

If you’re on a normal 9-5 office schedule, I recommend doing your 2-minute workouts every hour, on the hour, with the exception of lunch. For example, you could try 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm.

Some of the exercises that are the best to focus on are:

-bodyweight squats (and variations)
-pushups (and variations)
-forward, reverse, or walking lunges
-up & down a staircase if one is available
-floor planks (holding plank position from forearms and feet)
-floor abs exercises such as lying leg thrusts, ab bicycles, etc.
-one-legged bodyweight Romanian deadlifts

This list is not fully comprehensive, but I wanted to keep it relatively simple. If you know other good bodyweight exercises, you can add those to your routine also. If you want to keep it real simple and don’t want to get down on the floor for anything, you can stick to squats, lunges, and pushups and still get great results.

The good thing about these workouts is that you do enough in 2-3 minutes to get your blood pumping, heart rate up a bit, a large portion of your body’s muscles worked, and your body temperature raised. However, it’s usually not enough to break a sweat in only 2 or 3 minutes, so you don’t have to worry about sweating or getting smelly in the office or where ever you may be. At most, you might just get a little moist on the skin.

Here’s an example routine (adjust the reps up or down based on your capabilities):

Mon/Wed/Fri
9 am – 10 pushups/15 bodyweight squats, repeat 1X for 2 sets
10 am – plank holds (hold the planks as long as you can taking short rest breaks for a total of 3 minutes)
11 am – 5 pushups/10 bodyweight squats, repeat for 4 sets
1 pm – plank holds (hold as long as possible in 3 minutes)
2 pm – 8 pushups/12 bodyweight squats, repeat for 3 sets
3 pm – plank holds (hold as long as possible in 3 minutes)
4 pm – max pushups/max bodyweight squats in one set (no repeat)

Tues/Thurs
9 am – 6 fwd lunges each leg/6 rev lunges, repeat 1X for 2 sets
10 am – one legged bw Romanian deadlifts (RDL) 6 each leg/floor abs for 20 sec, repeat 1X for 2 sets
11 am – 3 fwd lunges each leg/3 rev lunges, repeat for 4 sets
1 pm – one legged bw RDL 3 each leg/floor abs for 20 sec, repeat for 4 sets
2 pm – 5 fwd lunges each leg/5 rev lunges, repeat for 3 sets
3 pm – one legged bw RDL 10 each leg/floor abs for 30 sec (no repeat)
4 pm – max fwd lunges each leg/max rev lunges in one set (no repeat)

In order to progress on these workouts, you could either add 1 or 2 reps to each set per week, or you could progress to more difficult versions of each exercise each week (for example, close grip pushups, one leg raised pushups, squats with arms raised straight over head, etc.).

The above routines are just a couple examples of how you can use this very unique style of training. Use your creativity and come up with your own. Think about what you’ve accomplished with these “mini” workouts completed throughout each day… You’ve increased your heart rate and pumped up your muscles 6-8 different times throughout each day, burning a lot of extra calories and stimulating your metabolism. Even though each “mini” workout was a very short duration, you’ve accumulated lots of repetitions for almost every muscle throughout your entire body, and you didn’t even have to break a sweat during any of the “mini” workouts. And there’s hardly any excuse for not being able to take a 2-minute break once per hour and do a couple of exercises. Another benefit of this style of training is that now you don’t have to devote any time before or after work to going to the gym because you already got your workout done little by little throughout the day. You’ve now got some extra free time on your hands!

Try this type of routine out for 3-4 weeks and then go back to your normal gym routines. I think you’ll find that it was a great way to break out of a plateau and stimulate new results in your body. You can try mixing in a cycle of these “mini” workouts every couple of months to keep things fresh.

Keep in mind that this is only one method of training and doesn’t mean that you should only stick to this method for eternity. You will hit a plateau on any given training method, so I’d recommend just rotating it into your arsenal of various training methods. And by all means, don’t worry about what other people think so much…have the courage to try something a little different. In the end, you’ll be the one laughing back at all of the “blubber-bellies” that are giving you funny looks while they eat their donuts!

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