Best Exercises for Fat Loss
In the 80′s and 90′s workout magazines that I read, fat loss workouts recommended isolation exercises, like the leg extension machine and the chest-fly machine as being best for helping your sculpt your body. But we’ve come a long way since then…
Today I want to show you how to choose the best exercises, and even the right exercise order, to get the most fat loss and body-sculpting in the least amount of time.
Let’s start with some simple rules on how to pick the exercises.
1. Exercises should always work multiple muscle groups.
2. Exercises should be done standing, whenever possible.
3. Exercises should be effective for fat loss even if only the bodyweight version is used (i.e. squats).
4. The hardest (most intense) exercises should always be first.
Before I explain the rules in detail, let’s first cover the warm-up.
Every Turbulence Training workout starts with a general warm-up. By now, you should know that I don’t like the traditional 5-minute cardio workout (excluding those who need it for injury purposes, according to their health care professional).
The purpose of the warm-up is to specifically prepare your muscles for action. Walking on a treadmill for 5 minutes does little in terms of preparing your body for strength training. Therefore, I start every workout with a general, total body circuit.
When putting together total-body workouts and warm-ups, I think about 4 “hot zones” on the body. And I have to address all four hot zones with exercises in the warm-up. The hot zones are:
a) Back of Legs
b) Upper Back
Why do I only worry about the back of legs? Because almost all multi-joint movements that train the back of the legs will also stress the quadriceps, even if only in a static contraction.
Take for example, this general warm-up (to be used in place of the treadmill):
A) Y-Squat (hold your hands over your head in a “Y” formation) – 15 reps
B) Close-grip Pushups (kneeling or advanced) – 8 reps
C) Stick-up – 8 reps
Hopefully you can see how that hits all 4 hot zones through dynamic and static contractions. If you don’t, let me know.
Ok, now we are ready to move on to the meat of the workout.
As stated above in the rules, we must pick our hardest, most intense exercises first, and perform them in sets of low reps.
Here’s a Turbulence Training bodyweight-only, body-sculpting workout routine that I’ve designed to show you the correct exercise order, and the types of exercise that are best for changing your body.
I’ll be using this exact workout with one of my high-profile movie stars this afternoon. She needs to keep her body sculpted without bulking up. But she still needs to be strong, lean, and athletic for her fight scenes in the movie she is filming.
1A) Split Squat (8 reps) [Advanced use the Bulgarian Split Squat]
1B) Elevated Pushup (8 reps per side) [Kneeling or Advanced)
2A) Step-up (12 reps)
2B) Bodyweight Row (8 reps) (Beginner or Advanced)
3A) Stability Ball Jackknife (15 reps)
3B) Back Extension on Ball (15 reps)
Each superset (i.e. 1A & 1B) is done 3 times with no rest between exercises A and B, but with a 30 seconds rest after B, before you repeat the superset.
Following the strength portion of the workout, complete the workout with Interval Training.
Each exercise uses multiple muscle groups, so that more calories will be burned during and after exercise.
We also design each superset to use two intense, non-competing exercises. We use low reps where possible. We train for strength at the start of the workout when we are fresh.
What do I mean by non-competing?
That means, you should be able to perform the two exercises back to back with minimal fatiguing effects from the prior exercise. You have to pair exercises that don’t use the same muscle groups.
The rules of exercise selection and exercise order will allow you to get lean, boost your metabolism, and to train with a high-intensity throughout the entire workout.
So when I put the exercises together, it is all about putting them in the right order to get you lean.
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Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Creator, Turbulence Training
P.S. You’ve asked, “Can women use Turbulence Training”?