Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Calorie-Torching Workout

Some of us like the calm Pilates and the low pace Yoga. That being said, some of us like the high intensity, sweat dripping, all-out workouts. I'm one of those people that like to push myself to the limits. Not all the time, please don't get me wrong. But those days I want to feel the burn, I would prefer the "I feel like I'm going to die", rather than, "I feel like I'm ready for bed".

For those of you who enjoy the high intensity, I have the calorie-burning work out for you.

"It’s got to be high intensity, whatever the workout is, if you’re going to torch calories -not just burn them,” says Bret Emery, a behavioral psychologist and weight loss specialist based in Weston, Fla. “Heart rate is key. That’s the speedometer of the body. If we speed the body up, it will burn more calories, just as a car will burn more fuel if it speeds up.”

From studying more than I would prefer about exercise, what I've learned is it comes down to interval training. I see the fastest results and get the most out of my workouts when I stick to interval. Always switching up the body is key!

This workout you either need a race track (nearest high school-and don't worry, it will only be cold for the first couple of minutes), or a treadmill.

Thanks to Michael Banks, owner of Body by Banks corporation in Salt Lake City, for putting together this doozy of a workout. Believe me, it will get the sweat going-and you'll be addicted to feeling stronger and firmer with every workout. I even take this workout with me to the gym.

The goal here is to push your body past your comfort zone. Once you've passed that zone, the calories literally start burning off.

Treadmill Torch
You'll need a set of dumbbells, I recommend either 5 lbs. or 7 lb.s

1. Warm Up: On the treadmill, with the incline set at a challenging angle, power walk at a speed of 3-3.5 for 7 minutes. Keep your elbows up above your heart. Stop, get off the treadmill, and stretch.

2. Sprint: Drop the incline to 0, increase the treadmill speed, and sprint hard for 30 seconds. Aim for 90% of your maximum heart rate. To recover, bring your speed down to 3.0 and walk for one minute.

3. Squats: Get off the treadmill and squat, with your bottom out to the rear and your legs slightly apart. Then jump from the squatting position into the air, landing in the same squat position as before (aka Thrusts). Do this for one set of 15 or 20, working your quadriceps. If you’re already in good shape, hold dumbbells by your sides.

4. Overhead Presses: Do 15 or 20 overhead presses with the weights, pushing them straight up and directly over your shoulders.

5. Sprint: Get back on the treadmill and sprint for 30 seconds (no incline). The goal is to be at 80% of your maximum heart rate. To recover, decrease your speed to 3.0 and walk for one minute.

6. Tricep Extensions: Using dumbbells, do one set of 15 or 20 overhead tricep extensions. Your elbows should point toward the ceiling, with the weights behind your head. Lift the weights directly above your head and back down again.

7. Pushups. Do one set of 15 push-ups, with your elbows at a 90-degree angle from the body. Modification: Do the push-ups with your knees on the ground, but do 25 instead of 15.

8. Sprint: Back to the treadmill. Sprint for 1 minute, aiming for 70% of your maximum heart rate. To recover, jog for 90 seconds.

9. Jumping Jacks. Do one set of 15 or 20 jumping jacks. If you're strong enough, add two 10- or 15-pound dumbbells -- lift up the weights when you jump out, in an overhead press position, pulling them back down to shoulder height as your legs go back together.

10. Finale: Incline your treadmill to an angle that really challenges you -but don't hang onto the treadmill's rails. Walk at a 2.0-3.5 speed for 30 seconds, aiming for 60% of your maximum heart rate. To recover, bring the treadmill down to a 1.0 incline and drop your speed to 1.9 or 2.0 for a 1-minute walk. Finish by stretching.


The Morris Family said...

Melissa, I would love to be your workout partner. I've been on medication for a couple of years that has added 30 pounds to my weight (very frustrating). I'm looking at running a half marathon and hope the training will trim me down, but this sounds like a wonderful workout. I think I'll take it to the gym with me tonight and give it a try!

The Morris Family said...

Meliss, I live right by the Oquirruh Mountain Temple, BUT I work from 8-6 on Thursday and then have class at the U from 6-10...

Nicole said...

I can't wait to try this!!!!!