What training style is best for weight loss?

Emily Sanderson, reviewed by Kim Bowman MS CNP | 07-20-2022


Participating in any form of physical activity can assist in weight loss. An increase in heart rate means that you are burning more calories throughout the day, often assisting in putting you in a calorie deficit. While any type of exercise is great, there are some types of training that may be more efficient in achieving your weight loss goals.

Steady cardio is a form of exercise that can assist with weight loss. Examples of cardio could be running or walking, these forms of exercise usually will stay at the same constant pace. It’s effective for improving your endurance and stamina and will help you burn calories since you increase your heart rate, although it will remain lower than if you are doing high intensity interval training.

When it comes to fat loss, research shows that interval training, like HIIT, is 40% more effective in the amount of time commitment required to dedicate to training.This is because HIIT training elevates your heart rate and keeps it high throughout the entire training session.

Resistance training is commonly known to play an important role in increasing muscle mass and strength, however extensive research has also shown that resistance training influences other health-related benefits, including fat loss. Resistance training can assist in reductions in fat mass through an increase in lean tissue mass and basal metabolic rate. Essentially this means that your total daily energy expenditure can be higher in response to Resistance training. More calories burnt means there can be an increase in fat loss potential.

Compound movements
Adding compound movements to your strength training can be effective in assisting your weight loss goals. A compound movement is a multi-joint exercise that is designed to target multiple muscle groups at one time. Because this type of training recruits several muscle groups, it can increase the heart rate and can burn a higher amount of calories than isolated movements.

Whilst HIIT Training and Strength workouts workouts are proven to be effective in reducing body fat, at the end of the day the workout that is best for fat loss and maintaining a healthy waistline is always going to be a training style that you enjoy and can maintain enough motivation to be consistent. The best way to keep motivated is to enjoy what you are doing. If you struggle to be disciplined with your exercise schedule, a great way to stay motivated could be to take part in a group fitness class with a supportive community. F45 Training delivers a combination of resistance, cardio and hybrid training styles that promotes lean muscle mass and fat loss, with world class trainers that motivate you to achieve your fat loss goals.


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