What are you doing today?
No, I don’t mean to ask you what you plan to do after reading this blog post, rather, I am referring to the phrase I hear most often among people at the gym.
Is today chest, leg, cardio, arm, ab, shoulder day…you get the idea.
Training for strength and results is more than just hitting one muscle group per day in the gym or with your personal trainer. If you want to see greater increases in strength, fat loss and look more aesthetically pleasing, you’re going to want to do a total-body workout.
If you are training just one muscle group per day, you are cheating yourself by not maximizing the number of calories you burn and the gains you receive in each session.
Total body workouts increases the bodies efficiency to burn calories even when we are in our resting state. By having our heart rate go up and down throughout the circuit you also increase your EPOC (excessive post exercise oxygen consumption.) This will increase the number of calories that you burn throughout the day, long after your workout is over.
A total-body workout is the most efficient way to burn calories and gain strength due to the variety of movements and exercises that are integrated into each session. They are a time efficient way to keep your body burning fat for hours! Also your cardiovascular endurance increases as you keep your heart rate up.
When you implement total-body workouts into your regimen, the compound movements (squats, deadlifts, cleans, presses, etc.) will activate a variety of muscle groups and, more importantly, build strength and burn fat at a high rate.
With that in mind, what is the proper way to perform a total-body workout?
When training using a total-body workout, you will want to design a program that features a variety of exercises. For best results, you will want to perform a total-body workout at least three times a week.
A program with five or more different movements that each focus on a specific body part is ideal. It is important to remember that you will be using a variety of muscle groups with each movement.
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