Guest Blog: Get Fit with a Metabolic Workout

Guest bloggers Tiffany and Kara of Petite Physique explore some high intensity exercises.

Health & Fitness // Tiffany and Kara // 07/17/12
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A sample metabolic workout...

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“HIIT," “Tabata," and “Metabolic," workouts are sweeping the nation and becoming a go-to for daily cardio fixes. These forms of training are structured by completing physical and compound exercises with little rest in between exercises in an effort to maximize calorie burn and increase metabolic rate during and after the workout.

Metabolic training is high-intensity anaerobic exercise that makes you breathless. If you are completing a metabolic workout and you are not breathing hard and sweating, something is wrong. Ideally you should be giving it your all and resting as little as possible between sets.

By adding these short but efficient workouts to your fitness routine you will improve cardiovascular capacity, improve hormonal profile, and torch some serious calories (see a sample workout in the illustration above).

Sample Workout
Perform the following four moves as a circuit: Do each move for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and then move on to the next exercise. Repeat this circuit twice. For an even greater challenge: Do it for 30 seconds.

1. Speed Squat: Feet hip width apart, bend your knees to 90 degrees, keeping your chest upright. Return to standing as quickly as possible.

2. Squat Thrust: Feet hip width apart, bend your knees to place your hands on the ground and jump your feet back into a push up. Quickly reverse to return to standing.

3. Mountain Climber: From a pushup/plank position, quickly bring knees towards your chest alternating legs.

4. Speed Skip: Skip in place, quickly bringing alternating knees up toward your chest.

You’re bound to be dripping sweat at the end of this workout and an added bonus is that your metabolism will be revved-up for 48 hours! Make sure to give your body 24 hours of rest before completing your next high intensity interval training.

Your Health Gurus,
Xoxo Tiffany & Kara

Need a pre-workout boost? Indulge in a healthy green smoothie recipe from Tiffany and Kara!

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