Confession time...

 
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Confession time — I am a cardio QUEEN!

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I absolutely LOVE teaching at Cyclebar and running outdoors!

There is NOTHING wrong with enjoying cardio.  Heck, it’s an AMAZING way to keep your heart healthy, to increase your lung capacity, to relieve stress, and to get those endorphins pumping.

However, if your goal is weight loss, adding in some resistance training (YES body weight exercises count) is KEY to your success! ⁣

Check out the BEST 2 reasons that strength training helps you to lose weight:⁣

1. Strength training helps build lean muscle.  Lean muscle burns more calories at rest than fat does… So, the more lean muscle you have, the more calories your body burns while sleeping… That’s pretty amazing!


2. Strength training helps you burn more calories throughout the ENTIRE day.  Although a weight training session doesn’t burn as many calories as a cardio session does DURING the workout, you reap the benefits of a strength training workout for up to 24 hours AFTER the workout.  In other words, your metabolism stays elevated for a longer period of time after a strength workout. ⁣

For all my other cardio queens out there, keep ENJOYING cardio (I know that I will! )  However, if your goal is to lose weight, don’t be afraid to incorporate some strength training to your routine too! ⁣

Not sure where to start?  Contact me and I can point you in the right direction!

In the meantime, let’s take a poll…. Are you a CARDIO QUEEN or a STRENGTH TRAINING GODDESS?! Let me know in the comments below

RIDICULOUSLY effective STRENGTH workout!

 
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Warning—Only read if you’re looking for a RIDICULOUSLY effective STRENGTH workout!

Strength workouts DO NOT need to be hours long… Nor do they need to be complex or complicated.  Instead, they need to be SMART, SIMPLE, and EFFECTIVE. ⁣

The BEST way to SAVE TIME and get a great strength workout is to COMBO up your moves!  You end up working more muscles and burning MORE calories than with single-joint exercises (like bicep curls). ⁣

Grab a set of heavy weights, and check out one of my FAVORITE total body strength workouts below! ⁣

Complete 4 sets of each exercise… 12 reps EACH time! ⁣

1. SQUAT WITH OVERHEAD SHOULDER PRESS⁣
2. SUMO SQUAT WITH BICEP CURL⁣
3. LUNGE WITH OBLIQUE TWIST⁣
4. RENEGADE ROWS IN PLANK⁣
5. LUNGE TO FRONT RAISE⁣

Want a video demonstration of each exercise?  Quickly search each exercise in YouTube. ⁣

What is YOUR favorite strength training move?  Share it below in the comments!