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The type of cardio you should be doing to get results

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I remember when I started training years ago; one of my daily goals was to perform each cardio session for 45-60 minutes 2-3 times per day. I mean, I secretly envied those individuals that kept going and going.

No matter how hard I tried–well to be honest with you I didn’t try that hard, the thought of being on the treadmill running for more than 5 minutes was simply daunting.

It clearly seemed that every female wanting to lose weight thought that the only way to achieve this was to spend endless hours pounding away on the pavement or the treadmill. Can we really blame them? Running is something everyone knows how to do, right?

Fast forward a few years later when I decided to become a personal trainer, I found a plethora of studies showing that endless running on the treadmill was counterproductive. They found the best method to lose weight was to do High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

HIIT is an exercise technique where one alternates between intense spurts of activity and less intense spurts of activity which allows for recovery. HIIT is very effective when your goal is weight loss. Here’s why: various studies have shown that performing HIIT allows you to burn more calories during and up to 24 hours after your workout. The same study also shows that you can burn more calories by performing HIIT training for 30 minutes when compared to performing a longer routine at a continuous steady pace.

Here’s why HIIT works so well and why you should switch to it as opposed to performing regular cardio, like jogging on the treadmill. Larger, more powerful muscle fibres are being used and engaged (during moderate training, these muscles aren’t usually targeted). Doing more HIIT means you will be that much closer to achieving your fitness goals than you would have been doing regular cardio.

Surely I had to try this out myself prior to introducing this method to my clients. I did HIIT three times a week for a few weeks for 30 minutes each session and I was blown away by the fast results. Of course, knowing this method actually worked, I was obliged to implement it with my clients.

Upon trying HIIT with my clients, I found that they were accomplishing their goals of a flatter, tighter tummy, leaner sexy legs and jiggle-free arms. Everyone was ecstatic about their results. I don’t know about you, but if I can achieve my results in a shorter period of time, then I’m definitely in and if you are too, here is a quick HIIT workout that you can perform anywhere at any time by using your own body weight.

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Trudie German’s certifications include those from, National Academy of Sports Medicine, TWIST BOSU and Resistance and Reebok Spinning. Aside from her work with her clients, Trudie also placed 2nd in her very first figure competition through the Ontario Physique Association (OPA) in May 2011.

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