As a professional student of exercise and nutrition, I am often asked variations on the same question: What’s the best workout for ____? You can fill in the blank. Weight loss. Bulking. Losing weight/fat in a specific area. Old people. Young people. The list goes on!
Well, you may not like my response, but first of all: You can’t spot lose fat. If we could, there’d be a lot more women with large breasts and booties and six packs walking around!
To lose fat, you have to burn fat, whether through cardio, or strength training, and you can’t pick where it starts the burning.
That is exactly why this meme exists:
Many times people will find that when they start to burn fat, it comes from places we’d rather keep it! But sorry, there is no natural way to change this. And that’s why doing a TON of sit-ups, crunches, and ab work doesn’t mean that you’ll have a flat abdomen or a six pack – the muscles may grow, but that doesn’t mean they won’t remain covered with a layer of fat!
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So, what is the best workout?
The answer is simple. If you’re newer to fitness, it’s whatever workout you will do.
Yes, there are many workouts scientifically designed by people whose lives are dedicated to making programs, but if you never open it up and try it, or do it once and never again, it’s useless, and you’re better off dancing around in the bathroom singing Bruno Mars with your hairbrush as a microphone!
As I mention in the video above, aside from “any workout you will do,” I suggest slow-moving cardio (55-85% of your maximum heart rate) and weight training for the best results for fat loss!
Fortunately, I have a lot of workout programs in my arsenal, and can hopefully help you find something that is both scientifically designed to bring the results you’d like, as well as is enjoyable for you (or at least enough to get you to do it enough until you see results, when it becomes an addiction!
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