In this blog post I’m going to share with you some of my favorite HIIT training secrets I’ve used to rapidly drop belly fat and add some definition to my body.
Memorial Day has already passed and it’s now time to honestly ask yourself if you’ve reached your goals or not.
Summer is a fun time as far as I’m concerned and I don’t want you to be the guy who makes excuses to miss out on pool and beach parties and I also don’t want you to be the girl who complains about hating her clothes.
We should all be getting outdoors in these special few months when the weather is beautiful and I’m going to encourage you to train outdoors instead of a stuffy gym.
You deserve to have a confident summer body that is lean and healthy so you can have fun doing anything you want to do. I remember growing up I was extremely skinny (I got fat later but that’s another story) and I missed out on quite a few fun events because I was too embarrassed to take my shirt off.
Difference Between HIIT Training & Marathon Training
Fortunately it’s not too late for you as now is the second perfect time (the best was yesterday) to get started and I’m going to give you the most powerful strategies to help get you there.
First off you should make sure you’re diet is clean if you want to get lean. This means eating plenty of green veggies, lean grass fed meats, lots of water and some healthy fats like coconut oil.
In addition to the HIIT training programs we’ll get to in a little bit you should be avoiding the unhealthy foods that are going to make you fat. These foods include anything that will spike your blood sugar such as bread, sugar, pasta, cereal, etc. as well as avoiding processed foods. Instead focus on consuming REAL foods that are organic and haven’t been boiled, “chemicalized” or canned.
I also take Athletic Greens every morning as an all-in-one nutrition insurance and it’s really the best greens product I’ve found on the market. The amount of nutrients in this one supplement really makes it easier to get everything you need in one product.
After you have your nutrition going strong you should look towards your workouts to enhance fat loss and to help tone and strengthen your body. And the best training method you can use to lose fat rapidly is…
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
This is simply the fastest way to lose fat and in these summer months I always do some form of it in all of my workouts. To me it’s a lot more fun than jogging for 40 minutes and you’ll get much better results towards a summer lean body.
Right now I’m following the 16 week HIIT program in my Flat Belly Formula program which is designed to rapidly accelerate fat loss while promoting lean muscle. I’ve tested just about every training method on the planet and this is quite simply the most effective for fast fat loss. If you’re just getting started you can also take a look at my HIIT workout from an earlier blog post.
A quick example of HIIT is to “sprint” for 30 seconds and then walk for another 30 seconds before sprinting again. And when I say “sprint” it doesn’t mean you have to run fast (although that’s what I prefer) you can also swim, jump rope, do burpees or use kettlebells.
Most people still don’t perform HIIT the right way because they’re are going way too easy on themselves when they should be pushing it to about a 8/10 of the difficulty scale. I usually like to wear a heart rate monitor and try to get my heart rate up to at least 80% of my maximum when I’m sprinting and if I know it’s time to sprint again when it gets down to about 65%.
There is no better training method as far as I’m concerned that will help you lose fat faster than a HIIT training program because they’ll help to accelerate your fat loss for up to 38 hours after you finish your workout. Of course this will come with a trade-off as you’re going to have to put in the extra hard work but trust me when I say it’ll be well worth it.
Nowadays when I do anything other than HIIT workouts I feel like I’m wasting my time in an never ending boredom. There is also more and more research coming out that sprinting also better improves your cardiovascular endurance better than typical marathon training. Most people think that by jogging for miles on end they’re properly training for a marathon but you’ll get much better results with HIIT and you’ll be less likely to end up injured.
Mixing HIIT Training with Weightlifting
Even though I may be working out with weights in my Metabolic Resistance Training workouts I still incorporate HIIT into it to maximize my fat burning engines. If you’re training with weights then I would definitely recommend throwing in an additional 5-10 minutes of HIIT training exercises to further enhance your fat loss. I also would try to do some kind of HIIT on your off days from weightlifting as well to turn your body into a fat burning machine.
Always remember the wise saying, “you can’t out train a bad diet” as it’ll make up at least 75% of your results. Eat clean and train dirty is what I like to say.
Even though training for a marathon can be exciting it will not be the most effective method for fat loss. If you’re main goal is to lose fat then the best strategy is to implement some HIIT training into your workouts and in combination with a clean nutrition program you can watch the fat melt off your body like butter.