Five Cardio Myths Exposed

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | July 25th, 2012 | 8 Comments
topic: Fitness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: aerobic, Annie Lee, burn-calories, burn-fat, cardio, cardio workout, cardiovascular, circuit training, cumulative workout, exercise, fact or fiction, fasted state, fat-burning zone, Fitness, interval training, lose-weight, Peripheral Heart Action, PHA, running, step class, strength training, sweating, walking, weight-loss, work out, workout

By The FIRM Master Instructor Annie Lee

Are you confused by all of the information out there about cardio fitness and how to do it so that you get the best results?

“Eat before your workout — No, don’t eat before your workout!”

“Running burns the most calories but walking burns more fat!”

“Work out for 30 minutes a day or don’t bother working out at all!”

It’s enough to put any girl off her workout routing. That’s why we’re getting to the truth behind some popular “cardio myths” — to help you sort out the fact from the fiction.

Is There a “Fat-Burning Zone”?

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | July 20th, 2011 | 12 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: bicycling, bike ride, biking, burn more calories, burn-fat, carbohydrates, fat loss, fat-burning zone, Fitness, interval training, interval workouts, Jason Karp, lose fat, muscle glycogen, running coach, target heart rate, weight-loss, workout intensity

Woman at a spinning class

My clients often ask how they can reach the optimal “fat-burning zone.” I recently came across an interesting article that explains some of the science and suggests strategies for burning fat, information that I’m excited to share the next time someone asks.

In “How to Burn Fat Faster & More Efficiently,” professional running coach and fitness consultant Jason Karp explains that our bodies use both fat and carbohydrates for energy during exercise. Low-intensity exercises, such as walking, use proportionately more fat, while high-intensity activities, such as running or bicycling, draw more heavily upon carbs.

9 Moves to Firm and Burn

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | March 23rd, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: Allie Del Rio, burn-calories, burn-fat, cardio, exercise, lower body, sculpt, the firm, tone, upper body, workout

By The FIRM Master Instructor Allie Del Rio

These nine simple moves will help you tone your upper and lower body and burn major calories.

Which Is a Better Workout: Sprint or Marathon?

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | August 19th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Weight Loss | tags: best workout, burn-calories, burn-fat, duration of workout, exercise, intensity of workout, marathon, sprint, the firm, walking, weight-loss

rebekah-cropped-2By The FIRM Master Instructor Rebekah Sturkie

Which is more effective: A sprint? A marathon? Or is it something else altogether? When plotting your course to weight loss, you can’t help but wonder if you should plan to work out harder or longer. The answer depends on your time and ability.

Top Strategies for Burning More Fat and Calories

Patricia Moreno by Patricia Moreno | April 8th, 2008 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: burn-calories, burn-fat, lose-weight, workouts

There are many ways to intensify your workout.  Adding an element that you don’t usually add can bring up the calorie expenditure.  Here are three of my favorites:

1) Add an empowering affirmation when you’re doing your cardio workout. I love this technique because it engages you on a physical, mental, and emotional level.  The biggest challenge we have when training is to stay engaged at a level that will increase our strength and endurance.