Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Which Sports Burn More Fat?

Sprint Triathlon:
 A sprint triathlon is a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 3-mile run. In a triathlon relay, team members work together to complete a regular triathlon.

Super short workouts can bring lasting results. Burn fat in just four minutes!  For a Tabata-style workout, begin with a 5-minute warm-up, then push yourself to the max. Run in place, jump rope, or do squats for 20 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds. Repeat for 4-8 cycles.

Barre Belles:
Simple work on your toes can tighten your midsection and boost your strength. Studios offer classes, or you can follow a video at home. One to try is the pliƩ: Stand with your heels together, toes apart, and then bend your knees. Squeeze your inner thighs and glutes as you slowly go lower and then rise to standing.

Tough Mudder:
Only the fit and fearless can tackle an obstacle race. In the Tough Mudder, you crawl through mud (of course), climb 12-foot walls, and swim in icy water. Train for at least 8 weeks with sprints, squats, push-ups and weights. Rest between short bursts of exercise. Be aware that an extreme challenge also brings safety risks.

 A cardio class on trampolines, which is also known as rebounding. You’ll burn fat with an extra bounce in your step and it’s gentle on your joints. If you can’t get to a trampoline center, you can get a similar boost with a mini-trampoline at home.

Elite Fitness: Muscle Confusion
For hard-core fitness, try the workout made famous by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Cross-training programs like P90X (Ryan’s favorite) and Insanity Workout aim for "muscle confusion." They switch up exercises, add new moves, and often include jump training, also called plyometrics.

Flywheel: A New Spin on Cycling
This high-tech spin puts extra heat in your workout. Flywheel bikes have sensors that check how hard you’re working. Your name -- and your stats -- can be flashed on a large screen to compete against your fellow indoor cyclists. Flywheel and other new spinning programs also use upper body weights.

Kranking: Spinning With Your Hands
Pedal with your hands on a Krankcycle for an intense upper body workout.  It builds strength and tones your arms, shoulders, pecs, and upper back.  Krank in a standing position and you can burn as many calories as you would from an intense lower-body cardio work.

Zumba: Dance Fitness
Zumba wants your workout to party! This high energy dance-fitness class moves to a Latin and international beat, instead of counting repetitions. It's one of the most popular workouts, and it burns more calories than kickboxing and step aerobics.

Among exercises, boxing is a knockout -- delivering agility, balance, muscle tone, strength, and cardio benefits. Sparring also improves hand-eye coordination and mental agility.

CrossFit: Maximum Fitness
You can burn about 15 calories per minute with this intense workout. Work to your max with squats, push-ups, gymnastic rings, intense runs, and weightlifting. “Hero Workouts” are named in honor of soldiers who died serving the country.

Kettlebells: A New Weight to Lift
A vigorous workout with a kettlebell -- a cast iron ball with a handle -- can burn 272 calories on average in just 20 minutes. Swinging the kettlebell works muscles in a way that weight machines and barbells can't.

Jumping Shoes: Low-Impact Cardio
Putting a spring in your step can take stress off your joints. Kangoo Jumps are boots with springs on the soles -- like grown-up moon shoes. You can jog or do aerobics in them, burning calories while being gentle on your body.

Boot Camp: Back to Basics
This is basic training without a drill sergeant sneering and shouting in your face. There’s no fancy equipment -- just a series of push-ups, squats, kicks, other calisthenics, and aerobic movements. You’ll burn about 10 calories a minute or 600 an hour. The payback: total-body fitness.

Aerial Yoga
Yoga blends are a huge fitness trend. This one's name says it all: You do variations on traditional moves while hanging in "hammocks" suspended from the ceiling. The weightless poses relieve aching joints and stretch muscles as well as strengthening your core.

Floating Yoga: Balance on a Board
Put the serenity of a still lagoon together with the challenge of balancing on a paddleboard and you get floating yoga. Doing yoga moves on a paddleboard, which is larger than a surfboard, takes muscle control to keep from making a splash. The board is either anchored down or tied to a buoy to keep you from getting swept away by the experience.

Exergaming: Aerobic Play
Who said playing video games turns you into a couch potato? You can burn as many calories exergaming as working out at the gym -- about 270 calories vigorously dancing or 216 calories virtual boxing in a half-hour. Exergaming is a great way to get kids moving.

ViPR: Whole-Body Movement
ViPR sounds like a killer workout, but the true goal is strength and fitness for everyday life. You use a heavy rubber tube to lift, push, twist and work your whole body. ViPR adds moves that boost your workout whether you’re just starting or you’re a top athlete.

Hulas: Whittle While You Work Out
If the last time you swung a hula hoop was in fourth grade, it's time to give it another whirl. It's easier to swing the new weighted hula hoops than the flimsy plastic ones. And hooping can burn more calories than step aerobics and raise your heart rate as much as cardio kickboxing. It works your waist and core muscles, and can tone your thighs and biceps.

Weighted Vests: Power Walking
Adding weight may be the simplest way to boost your workout. Extra weight raises your heart rate and makes you burn more calories.

Techno Trainer: An App for Exercise
What if you want help losing weight and getting fit, but you can't afford a personal trainer? No problem. Apps can help too. Fitness trackers such as the Fitbit and GoWear Fit measure your steps, calories burned, and the calories you eat. They can even monitor your sleep. The information can also be downloaded and tracked on your computer. There are also apps that explain proper exercise form, a common problem among beginners.

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