It may not seem like a lot, but when your body fat percentage is low to begin with, losing 5 lbs takes a lot of work! I’ve been doing HIIT training and it has been working like a charm. In between each set of weight training, I do one minute of really intense, all-out cardio.
Some benefits of HIIT are outlined in Shape Magazine, they include: increased metabolism, fat loss and muscle gains, results in less time–just to name a few.
I like doing HIIT because I find that my 50 minute workouts fly by and I actually feel like I challenged my body by the end of the session.
Try this: include one minute of vigorous jumping jacks or jumping rope in between each set during your next workout. If one minute is too much, start at 30 seconds.
As usual, my life is hectic. I know it sounds like an excuse, but it’s really not. I am going to compete, but I’ve had trouble nailing down a reasonable workout schedule: I got a new 9 to 5 job, but I’m still working at the bar (my partner is still underemployed, so we have to make ends meet). As of Friday, May 24th, I’ll have worked 19 days straight. It seems that every spare second is eaten up by having something on-the-go, lately.
My game plan: Wake up at 5am and get to the gym from 5:30 – 6:30. This will give me enough time that I can leave for work by 7 and be there by 7:45, so I can leave by 4:15. I’ve also signed up for Monday and Thursday night weight training classes, so even if I can just get two good weight lifting sessions and a couple of cardio sessions in on my own, I’ll be back to golden in no-time.