Since I first stepped foot in a gym, I’ve always been a cardio fitness girl. If you’re not familiar with the term, cardio is short for cardiovascular exercise. It means the same thing as aerobic exercise, that is, exercise that gets your heart pumping and your breathing going a bit faster, but doesn’t exhaust you within a few sections – think long jogging, rather than short sprinting…. Ah, jogging.
When it comes to fat loss, interval training and resistance exercise are dynamite!
So, that’s the form most of my workouts will take over the next three months. (However, you might spot me sneaking in the 3-6 mile slow jog to help keep my running urges under control.)
It’s all about short, but high-intensity workouts that will fit in with my busy schedule and get me the fat burn and body sculpting I’m going after. (That might sound corny, but it’s true!)
I’ll share more details of the specific exercises I do in later posts, as well as the thinking behind this type of programme. But there’ll be a lot of body weight exercises like planks and push ups,the resistance training will mostly be using what is probably my favourite exercise equipment, good old dumbbells, and then there’ll be the intervals.
Interval training is something I’ve never enjoyed. In fact, I’m just going to say it, I hate intervals! But, when I have done them the results have been very noticeable, so I’m going to give them a proper go in this programme. This may well turn out to be the most challenging part for me, but who knows, I might even learn to like interval training!
Some of you have left comments saying you’re looking to start a fat loss exercise programme too, which is awesome! I hope you’ll let me know what you’ve got planned and keep me posted on your progress. I am absolutely here to support you in the same way your comments are already massively encouraging me. If you’re not sure where to start, I’m going to point you in the direction of a programme similar to what I’ll be doing.
In my opinion Craig Ballantyne’s Turbulence Training makes a brilliant starter-pack for anyone wanting to learn about what really works for fat loss and it has straight-forward workout plans you can get started on right away. I’d also recommend it to experienced exercisers looking for session ideas.
You get a stack of bonus stuff like ebooks on diet, measuring body fat,and getting the fat loss mindset, etc. when you download the TT pack, but I think the most useful part is the main ebook explaining the programme and how to do the exercises and the session sheets you can take with you to gym. (Or you could do the sessions at home with just a couple of pieces of basic equipment) It usually costs £26.33, which is still a very decent price. But here’s a sneaky tip: Click to close the site and you’ll be offered it at $4.95, which is about £3. That’s definitely a bargain. Craig also offers a money back guarantee, so you can’t lose out really. But do make sure you don’t forget to cancel your subscription if you don’t want to continue membership after the 21 day trial. Get Turbulence Training here.
If you do start the Turbulence Training programme, or you’re already on it, please let me know. Or, if you have a different programme in mind, or you’re training with a PT, or, like me, you prefer to create your own, I’d love to hear about what you’ve got planned.
This is a very different training regime than what I’m used to, so I’m dead keen to hear from other people who are giving this type of programme a go too.
I know I haven’t said a great deal about what my actual goals are yet, apart from the 18% body fat thing – I will come on to that in the next few posts. We’ll get on to talking about the diet side soon too, I can’t put that off forever, can I?!