Strength training is a vital part of anyone’s fitness goal. However if you’re looking to boost weight loss and calorie burn, performing high intensity intervals after a workout can provide those benefits. Known as a “Cardio Finisher”, it is a 10-minute high intensity cardio activity performed after a weight lifting workout to improve excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC or afterburn). To do a cardio finisher, select a high intensity cardio workout, exercise and rest at a 1:3 ratio (10 seconds exertion to 30 seconds rest), and repeat 4-8 times. Intensity is vital and will improve results.
- Strength training is essential for building lean muscle, and having more muscle burns fat and helps you lose weight
- One trick trainers often use is what’s known as a “cardio finisher.” 10 minutes of high-intensity cardio intervals that you do at the end of your strength training session. It’s important it’s done at the end of the strength workout
- How to do a cardio finisher: Pick a high-intensity cardio activity. Do an interval of exercise at a 1:3 work to rest ratio, so 20 seconds on and 60 seconds off. Repeat a total of 4 to 8 times.
“Strength training is essential for building lean muscle, and having more muscle can help you reach your fitness goal.”