This is a question with many answers, but it’s a pressing question that is asked a lot.
Kylie Gates, creative director at Les Mills explains it perfectly here: ‘’The fact is, some workouts burn calories quickly, others build strength and lean muscle, which helps you to sustainably burn calories for longer periods. And different workouts spark different hormonal and physiological changes. This is why focusing on variety, not calorie burn, is the best approach.
Whether you want to burn fat and lose weight, build lean muscle, or lift athleticism, you’ll get optimal results with a science-backed mix of training.’’
The main problematic issue is that belly fat is linked to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, so exercise is imperative for keeping a healthy body and mind inside and out.
Here is the kicker - unfortunately, bashing out endless reps of sit-ups won't have any real impact on your belly fat, according to a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning.
However, if you want to shed away some pounds to become the healthiest version of you then a few of the best exercises you can do to burn fat and calories are often based around body weight and strength training.
5 of these top ones include:
Ok, yes, we all hate them. We hate them because they are hard. However, if you want to lose your gut, you need to work as many muscles as possible and the burpee does just that. This is a truly explosive exercise which therefore hits every muscle from head to toe.
Another calorie-sizzling plyo movement which of course will get the heart rate going. Squat jumps are a building block for just about every explosive lower body movement imaginable and by creating a strong core and lower body this will also aid with better balance.
Weight plate Overhead Lunge
If you add a weight plate overhead during a lunge workout, then this will up the intensity and you will suddenly have a core workout.
“As the load shifts with every rep, all of the muscles in your torso need to work together to keep the weight directly above you,” says Tony Gentilcore, strength coach at Cressey Performance.
Weight plate squats
Adding extra weight will force the body into a higher intensity level therefore burning more calories and working the muscle groups harder. They also improve speed, agility, power, and prevent risk of injuries related to your back which is great for building strength.
Wide Ski Jump
The compound and explosive nature of jumping means that it requires a lot of energy, which is why broad jumps are such a great exercise for calorie burning. For extra intensity, hold on to a couple of smaller hand weights while performing this exercise.
Many of these exercises can be achieved from the comfort of your own home with not a lot of equipment. If you are struggling with motivation or keeping accountable, a great option is Les Mills on demand. With a HUGE variety of workouts to choose from, including metabolic blasts, you will find your niche!
These workout plans and challenges make burning calories, fat and creating a healthier, fitter body easy. They’ve been expertly designed to help you target your training and get the results you’re after.
Are you ready to take your fitness to a new level? Get in touch with our team now and prioritise your heath.