Cardio isn't the only type of exercise that will help you shed fat and lose weight. Strength training is an excellent way to burn more calories and get a toned, lean, sculpted body.
Sadly, many women think that strength training means lifting weights to add bulky muscles and mass.
While strength training can involve the use of heavy weights, creating any type of resistance will do the trick.
Your own body weight, kettlebells, resistance bands, or smaller sized hand weights are all effective ways to incorporate strength training into your exercise routine.
Boost your metabolism
Adding strength training to your workout regimen can also help boost your metabolism, which can aid in increased weight loss.
I know it sounds too good to be true, but when combining strength training exercises with a good cardio routine, you'll increase the rate at which you burn calories.
For instance, boot camp classes often use resistance bands for strength training. The resistance band workouts are specifically designed to help increase strength by performing exercises that activate specific muscle groups, often to the point of fatigue.
After hitting a point where muscles are indeed fatigued, the body increases its excess post-exercise oxygen consumption for anywhere from 24 to 36 hours. This effect is otherwise known as "afterburn" and is key in boosting metabolism.
If you haven't tried introducing strength training into your exercise routine out of fear of bulking up, then hiring a personal trainer like the fitness experts at Bootique Fitness can show you how to safely and effectively boost your workout regimen.
How to find a good strength training program
To really benefit from strength training, you have to be consistent. Find a workout program or a class you can stick to.
In San Diego, Bootique Fitness offers boot camp classes in several locations and convenient times for each, you'll be sure to find something that works for your schedule.
Go to our website to view the schedule and sign up for a free guest pass. You'll be sure to get a great workout and learn how to burn more fat with the outdoor boot camp classes offered by Bootique Fitness.
Left photo: A boot camper using a kettlebell during a strength training exercise.
Jaylin Allen is a local fitness expert in San Diego, known for getting her clients in shape in record time through her popular "Boot Camps For Women" and "Zumba" classes. For more information about Jaylin, fitness, or her classes, be sure to check out Bootique Fitness or call (619) 602-8087.