Today I want to tell you about the top 10 fat burning exercises. Yes, some exercises require more energy than others, causing you to burn more calories when you perform them, that is if you’re doing them correctly.
By now you should know that spending hours each week doing slow boring cardio is not the best way to burn fat. If you didn’t know, now you do. The most effective way to burn fat is to combine both cardio and resistance training.
There is even a certain order that you should perform each exercise in to maximize the calorie burning potential of each exercise and since I’m such a nice guy, I’m going to share that with you today as well. Armed with this information, you’ll have the ability to create workouts that will give you the results you’re after in less time.
The Top 10 Fat Burning Exercises
The exercises that are most beneficial in terms of fat loss are “compound movements”. These are exercises that use more than one muscle group at a time, they are also referred to as “multi-joint movements”. Here is a list of the 10 best compound exercises.
- Leg Press
- Dead Lifts
- Bench Press
- Incline Press
Any exercise that is similar in movement to these listed will work multiple muscle groups. For example; the leg press is very similar to the squat in that it works the quads, gluts and hamstrings at the same time. Each one of these exercises requires the use of multiple muscle groups, causing you to burn more calories than if you worked each muscle group independently.
When structuring your routine, you always want to start with a warm-up. You can do a few minutes of light cardio or a couple sets of body weight exercises to get your blood pumping.
After your warm-up, begin your workout with the most difficult exercise since it requires the most energy. Then move on to the next most difficult and so on. The Top 10 Fat Burning Exercises listed above start with the most difficult exercise.
If you’re new to exercise and you’re not sure which exercise is more difficult, just assume that exercises that work the legs are the most difficult, then back and then chest. If burning fat is your goal stick with these muscle groups. You can always throw in an exercise for the biceps or triceps if you want but keep in mind those muscle groups are small and won’t burn near the calories that compound movements will.
Finish your workout by devoting a few minutes to your core and another 15-20 minutes doing some form of cardio if you feel the need. Most of your focus however should be devoted to weight training if your primary goal is burning fat.
One more thing I should mention, I don’t recommend doing all 10 of these exercises in one workout. That would take a lot of time and energy. It’s better to pick a few and apply your energy and time into getting a quality workout. A great way to use all of these exercises in one workout would be to divide them into 3 total body workouts, with 1-2 exercises for the chest, back and legs during each workout.