To maximize my fat burning abilities, it is important to get quality cardio in at least once a day. On days that I don’t go to the gym to lift weights, I try to get in two sessions of cardio. This personally helps me keep my metabolism burning.
Today’s cardio included a new tabata workout, and a run with a friend. I’ve found breaking cardio sessions into 15-20 minute workouts allows me to push through with more intensity. It’s also easier for me to find 20 minute chunks of time verses 40-45 minutes at once.
Today was my first day back to work after a week-long vacation. As if that wasn’t tough enough, this morning was dreary and I was really struggling to stay motivated. Luckily, I had this tabata workout for my lunch gym session ready to go (it gets me out of work for an hour!) and I had a run planned with one of my best girlfriends in the evening. A perfect way to end my first day back to work!
Today’s tabatas mix strength moves with high intensity power moves.
20 seconds working | 10 seconds rest | 5 Rounds
- Criss-cross squat jacks
- Half burpee
- Bicep curl lunge back with left foot (optional knee raise at top)
- Bicep curl lunge back with right foot, (optional knee raise at top)
- Walking planks (up, up, down, down)
- Russian twist with weight
Tips to help maximize your workout
- When performing moves like jump squat cross, really focus on getting low for each squat before jumping.
- Half burpees are an amazing addition to any workout, as they help you with the muscle memory it takes to get better at burpees.
- During the bicep curl lunge back feel free to add a knee raise at the top of the move this will engage your core.
- Be sure to engage your abs during the walking planks and keep the back flat through the movement to maximize shoulder work.
- Russian twists are a great way to carve your oblique’s, especially if you choose to keep your feet off the ground and use a weight! No curvy backs!
Beginners try this workout!