Circuit Training and Other Fat Burning Techniques

For those working to reduce weight and keep fit through exercise, fat burning techniques are vitally important for a successful workout program. There are several good approaches to effective fat burning–it’s just a matter of finding which approach works best for your schedule and goals. Circuit training has become quite popular lately for fat burning and improved fitness, but other fat burning techniques work well, too.

Circuit Training

Circuit training involves a series of exercises performed one after the other. Usually each set is done a relatively small number of times before moving on to the next one. After one repetition, or circuit, of all the exercises, you start over again at the beginning of the sequence.

This approach is often seen at health clubs when working with personal trainers, or in programs like Curves. Exercises are chosen to include cardio, strength training and endurance training. Circuit training is highly effective for fat burning and increasing cardiovascular health, but not as useful for those who wish to build muscle.

Advantages of circuit training include:

  • The circuit program can be customized to help train for a particular sport, or to include exercise favorites
  • The program can be structured to avoid using expensive equipment, or for a small workout area
  • Circuit training has been shown to be extremely effective at increasing endurance and cardiovascular fitness

In addition, circuit training has proven to be one of the most effective approaches to exercise for women, helping them achieve their fitness and weight loss goals much more quickly and efficiently than other approaches to exercise.

Other Fat Burning Techniques

Of course, circuit training isn’t the only way to burn fat. Other workout routines work well, also. Any type of exercise will increase your metabolism, even while you’re at rest, helping shed those extra pounds. Consider some of these approaches to exercise to help burn off that extra fat:

  • Weight lifting. Added strength training, with weights or a kettlebell, helps build muscle, which naturally burns more fat.
  • Interval training. Alternating low intensity exercise with high intensity exercise in a single session helps build endurance and burn additional fat.
  • Varied workout. Don’t do the same workout every day. Using different approaches each time you work out will challenge your body more, leading to more effective fat burning. It will also keep you from becoming bored with your workout.

For additional help on putting together an effective fat burning regimen, consult with a personal trainer or other fitness professional. Many fitness clubs offer personal trainer sessions along with membership, so if you belong to a health club, be sure to take advantage of this.

A personal trainer can put together a workout that will address your specific needs and ensure variety, which will appeal to you enough to keep you motivated and exercising regularly. She can also reassess, reevaluate, and restructure your workout as needed to keep you on track with your weight loss and fitness goals.

As with any fitness venture, be sure to consult with your doctor before starting a new regimen, particularly if you have any chronic conditions.


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