The majority of full body workouts that advertise being high calorie burning events can be split into three categories:
- Resistance training: A resistance training based workout consists of ensuring the muscles contract against an external resistance. This can come from using free weights (e.g. dumbbells, kettlebells, vipers) body weight exercises or TRX.
- Cardio based workouts: The primary goal of cardio based workouts is to increase your heart rate to at least 50% to its maximum through aerobic or anaerobic exercise for a sustained period of time. There is a large variety of workouts to achieve this e.g. running, stair climber, spinning etc.
- Resistance training combined with cardio: This type of exercise as you guessed would involve lifting weights while switching back and forth to cardio based exercises such as burpees or star jumps.
If you were to exercise for one hour, cardiovascular exercise burns the most calories during that hour. If you were to do a resistance based workout however, you will burn more calories after the workout as your metabolism is raised and your body repairs itself to become stronger and your muscles more toned. Combining both ways of exercising is the best way to ensure you maximize burning fat both inside and outside the gym.
At Delta Fitness we have seen this method work countless times on our clients. Combining cardio and resistance training isn’t only the most effective way of burning fat, it also provides a more dynamic and fun way of working out.