September 3, 2012
Today's post is going to be short and sweet.
I'm going to give you 5 of my favorite high calorie burning workouts.
These are all workouts that I've personally implemented at one time or another as staples in my own training program, and I guarantee that they work to both blast away calories and to get you fast fitness results.
Without further ado, let's jump right in…
Warm-up for about 5 minutes, then set the treadmill at a pace that is somewhat challenging, but do-able. For me, I begin at a speed of 8.0mph and an incline of 2.0.
Two minutes later, increase the incline by 0.5.
Two minutes later, increase the speed by 0.2.
Continue this scenario for a total of 20 minutes. If you really, truly start at a pace that is somewhat challenging, you'll be sucking wind by the end of this quick workout, and for a few hours after.
Swim Aqua-Jog Workout
This workout takes full advantage of the calorie burning benefits of both swimming and water running.
Get in the water and warm-up by swimming about 200-400 meters.
Then swim 250 meters as fast as you can.
As soon as you touch the wall, turn around and water run for 50 meters (literally just like it sounds – pumping your arms and legs and running in the water – or click here for a more detailed primer)
After 50 meters, immediately go back into swimming 250 meters as fast as you can.
5 rounds is a good goal for this workout.
I've been doing this bike workout for as long as I can remember, probably because when I first started riding a bicycle competitively, I always trained on this one riding trail that had some kind of footbridge about every mile.
Every time I got to one of those footbridges, I'd simply stand and sprint as hard as possible, then get back in the saddle and ride as hard as I could for the next mile.
Then I'd recover for a mile.
The “Bike Jumps” workout is just that: warm-up well, then, when you get to a mile marker, stand and sprint as hard as you can for about 15-20 seconds, and then get back in the saddle and ride at maximum sustainable pace until that mile is done. Recover for one mile, then repeat for available time.
I've never been able to last longer than about 60 minutes with this workout if I really, truly do push at maximum sustainable pace for each mile repeat, and that's the longest you'd need to do it to get the lactic acid buffering and power building benefits of this routine.
Nifty 50 is a workout straight from my “Top 12 Resistance Training For Triathletes” book, and it breaks all the rules. Anytime you perform it, you simply 50 reps of every exercise in the circuit, with minimal rest between each exercise. It goes like this (video below)
- One Leg or Two Leg Jumps up onto Box or Platform
- Dumbbell Overhead Swings
- Jump Pull-ups or Regular Pull-downs
- Walking Lunges
- Mountain Climbers
- Low Back Extensions or Superman
- Push Press
- Somersault Push-ups, Rocket Push-ups, Corkscrews or novel and unique exercise of your choice.
- 10. Choose your weakness: cycling or running – finish with 5 minutes as hard as possible on either.
10×10 Jump Squats or Lunges
This workout is based off a study entitled “Preferential Type II Muscle Fiber Damage From Plyometric Exercise”. In the study, they found that a really good way to stimulate lots of fast twitch muscle to the highest degree possible is to simply do 10 sets of 10 repetitions of jump squats.
In the study, participants rested 60 seconds between each set. But I prefer to kill that time doing something else, such as a front or side plank.
If you don't care for squats, or you get bored of them, then jump lunges (like the exercise in the photo at the top of this article) will also work.
By the way, don't just “hop”. Freaking jump like Jordan if you want the full advantage of this workout.
And that's it. Those are 5 of my favorite high calorie burning workouts.
Questions, comments or feedback? Leave them below, along with any of your favorite workouts you'd like to add.
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How do you feel about kettlebells as a quick calorie burner?
just wondering what you think would be the optimal way to incorporate a rowing machine into a time crunched fitness program? i run mon/wed/fri for about 45 mins doing intervals (i'm pushing 40 and have only been seriously exercising for the past 8 months) i do some tai chi and yoga but know that i need to do some strength type exercise too. also does rowing count as strength or is it classed as cardio?
Here's what I like to do: I do a strength training circuit, and after each round, I row 500m as fast as possible…it is a great cardio booster during your workout!
These are all great workout tips! Thank you for sharing! All you need to add is the Fullbar weight loss system (http://www.fullbar.com) into the mix! You won't even recognize yourself after that! Great article.
Now there's a good challenge… *looks at the weekend ahead*
What are your thoughts on burpees? (New reader here after hearing you on Abel's podcast). I've done 45s burpees/1m rest for 10 rounds, and also tabata burpees (20s burpees/10s rest for 8 rounds). Both are killed and I would imagine very good fat burners.
Love 'em. If I have very little time to exercise and need to bump up metabolism, I see how many I can do in 2 minutes…
When you turning pro like you said earlier in the year?
I'll keep you posted on that…it is still in the works!
In your description of the Nifty 50 workout you mentioned how it "breaks all the rules." Don't know why this caught my attention, but I'm curious: what "rules" are you referring to?
Thank you for the tips. Five years ago I tripped over a coffee table and blew my right knee out. I was in physical therapy for a year. My physical therapist told me that my knees were worse than the Rodeo Riders she has worked with in her career. Lunges, Jumping and Running are out of the question for my knees. I do not want to have my leg broken and reset. Do you have any knee friendly exercises for my right knee that grates? I walk on a low incline treadmill. Thanks Ben. Kate
Typically, this is due to knee musculature weakness, primarily in VMO. I'd check this free report out: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2010/08/a-fre…
Hi ben – what do you mean by 10X10? Is it 10 sets of 10 reps?
Yes, 10 sets of ten reps!