How to Get Lean, Strong & Defined While Improving Your Endurance!

Happy Sunday DGF Enthusiasts!

The one thing I’ve learned over the years of being in the health and fitness industry, is that there are many ways to get fit.  In fact, there are so many different ways to get fit, that it can be quite overwhelming to figure out what’s going to work for YOU.

Before you start anything, the most important thing you need to decide is your goal.  Figure out what your end goal is and then work backwards.  For instance, if your goal is to compete in triathlons, you know that you’re going to have to include swimming, biking and running as part of your workouts. The more specific the goal, the easier it becomes to figure out what you need to do. 

But, what if your goal is broad and encompasses many things.  Something like this…you want to get lean and fit, but you also want to be able to improve your running time for a half a marathon or improve your mountain biking, but you don’t have hours to spend running or mountain biking. 

Training private clients, this is a common situation.  Clients want to look good (get a six pack) and improve their physique, while improving their performance in a specific activity like running or biking…or an event like a triathlon.

It seems simple enough right?  BUT here’s the dilemma, most of these were endurance based activities or sporting events, which was NOT conducive to burning fat or building a lean physique. 

Here’s what I mean, if you’re participating in activities like running and biking you’re mostly burning calories from carbohydrates…not fat.  That means the stubborn layer of stomach fat won’t budge…not good, if you want lean defined abs. 

Since your body is super efficient, when it needs energy it gets it from the most accessible source, which happens to be glycogen (carbs) and not fat.  And to make matters worse, fat is not easily accessible, especially when your body has ample amounts of glycogen.

And here’s another conundrum…activities like long running and biking break down lean muscle mass, making it even more difficult to reach your goal.  Remember, lean muscle is your best source for calorie burning, especially from fat, and it’s essential if you want a lean defined “athletic” physique.

So how do you maximize your fat burn, so you can get lean and fit, while improving your overall performance for an endurance based sport or an event?

High-Intensity Interval Resistance Training (HIRT)

By incorporating short high intensity resistance workouts to your workout routine, you’ll enable your body to develop maximum power, which will improve performance in almost any activity (including endurance-based activities), all while re-programming your body to increase calorie burning from fat.  This is just one of many studies showing the benefits of HIRT

And here’s the great thing, if you love to run, bike or do other endurance based activities, you don’t need to give up doing those activities.  You can easily fit these HIRT workouts into your weekly fitness routine, because it’s short and sweet. 

You can replace your typical fitness routine with one to three of these workouts a week.  And if you’re super ambitious, you can even combine doing HIRT and your chosen sport or activity in the same day.  Just make sure that you leave enough time (3 hours or more) between the workouts so you can fully recover after the first workout.

This week at Diamond Guru Fitness, We will be utilizing HIRT! These workouts will be 1/2 hour in length with alot of Intensity but will also be work at Your own level of fitness as its a Small Group Personal Training class.

When: Monday 5/11/15 @7pm & Wednesday 5/13/15 @ 7pm and Saturday 5/16/15 @11am!

RSVP to: thediamondguru@yahoo.com

$10.00 per person 8 MAX in Class!

Where: 1080 NE 43rd Street Oakland Park, Fl 33334

Who’s joining me? Get Lean and Defined!

Stay Healthy & Motivated,

The Diamond Guru

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