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By Craig Ballantyne
When it comes to burning fat over the holidays, many people make 3 big mistakes with their workouts:
Mistake #1) Too much cardio
Cardio is always the first form of exercise that people try when they want to lose belly fat. But the problems are that cardio workouts take TOO LONG and cardio is also ineffective for fat loss. Research shows there is a much better way to burn belly fat.
Mistake #2) Too many machines
Most people think you need a big, fancy gym full of expensive equipment if you want to burn fat. But that’s not true at all. Instead, you can workout in the comfort of your own home – even with just your own bodyweight and still have a powerful fat burning workout in just minutes.
Mistake #3) The workout are too long (so the workout gets skipped)
Because of the long cardio and the desire to use expensive machines, most people end up driving 15 minutes to the gym to do a 60-90 minute cardio workout that results in very little fat loss – if any. But while this schedule is “fine” in January when there is nothing else to do, it just doesn’t work over the busy holidays.
As you’ll discover, the key to proven holiday fat burning are proven bodyweight and interval training workouts.
But even when it comes to interval training, there are still 3 more common mistakes.
1) Most people work too hard during the recovery period.
It’s called a “recovery” period for a reason! So don’t worry about “keeping your heart rate up”. Interval training is NOT cardio. It is a totally different method of training. So give up the cardio mindset and get to love your recovery.
2) As a result of working too hard in the recovery portion, most people don’t work hard enough during the work period.
However, it is that hard, intense work that causes the body to change. So make sure you are doing QUALITY training.
3) Most people never change their interval training workouts.
You should be using a variety of work-to-rest interval durations AND a variety of training methods. Also, be sure to keep track of your results so you discover what works best for you.
Interval training and even bodyweight circuit training are the keys to burning holiday belly fat at home – especially when you don’t have much time to workout (like over the busy holidays). And you need to do it right.
[Ed. Note: Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health and Oxygen magazines. His Turbulence Training for Fat Loss program has helped both men and women with weight loss and fat burning. For workouts that will melt belly fat, check out Craig Ballantyne’s Turbulence Training Program.]