Have you ever seen people who go to the gym week after week and they don’t show any progress? Unfortunately it seems like that is the majority of people. This is because they are doing the wrong workout.
Let’s take a little closer look. Most of us have a few extra pounds to lose. The World health Organization estimates that there are 1 billion overweight people in the world. That’s a lot of fat and that’s what most people are initially concerned about getting rid of when they go to the gym.
It takes 3,500 calories to burn a single pound of fat. However, when most people get to the gym they hit the treadmills or the ellipticals or Stairmaster. This is because they think it is the best way to burn fat. It isn’t. Even if you spend an hour on the Stairmaster you are only going to burn about 500 calories which means you still have 3,000 and six more hours to go.
After they get off the treadmills people usually wander over to the ab machines. This is even more of a waste of time because you can’t spot reduce fat and, even if you could, abdominal exercises don’t burn enough calories to make a difference.
What you really need to do to achieve your goals is to lift weights with free weights. This is going to allow you to do some whole body exercises that put your body into a metabolic shock so that you will be burning calories at a higher rate for days on end. These are compound exercises that work multiple muscle groups like the dead lift, the clean and jerk, dumb bell snatch, bench press and others. And, if you don’t think weight lifting isn’t a cardio exercise try some dumb bell snatches, you’ll be huffing and puffing in no time.