Boot-camp style training is more popular than ever with classes offered at gyms and in a wide selection of exercise DVDs for training at home. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse Exercise and Health Program, analysed the benefits of boot-camp workouts. The results showed the average exerciser burned 9.8 calories per minute – almost 400 calories during a 40 minute boot-camp video chosen for the study. For a great workout that could help break a training plateau by changing your regular routine, choose a class that combines aerobic exercise with strength movements. These classes help weight loss as well as muscle building with pushups, squat thrusts, and arm curls to provide great interval training.
Step up your cardio with high-intensity training, if you have a few extra pounds that are stubbornly covering your six-pack. A study from the University of Ontario found fat loss to be improved 36% in just two weeks with short-duration, high intensity bursts of exercise. Intense interval training hits the fat stores because your body continues to burn calories and fuel after your training session is over. The after-burn effect is not as high as when you spend the same amount of time in the gym doing low-intensity cardio.