Do You Want To Maximize Your Calorie Burn?
Personal trainer Ashley Borden has worked with a range of celebrities, including Ryan Gosling, Reese Witherspoon, and Christina Aguilera. She clearly knows her stuff, and she's sharing her tips in a new interview with Healthista.
High-intensity interval training, better known as HIIT, a training method that encourages people to work out at 100-percent intensity for quick bursts, followed by short periods of recovery.
“It’s efficient, burns fat, [helps you gain] muscle, and you can do it anywhere without equipment—just your body weight,” Borden says.
But there’s an additional benefit of HIIT that happens long after people stop sweating. “HIIT also allows for a fantastic postexercise metabolic boost called the EPOC effect,” Borden says. Meaning, after a HIIT training session, your body continues to burn extra calories.
EPOC stands for Excess Postexercise Oxygen Consumption, which basically means that your body’s oxygen consumption goes up after you do a hard workout.
People who are very muscular will burn more calories from EPOC than those with less muscle. The length of your EPOC also depends on how intensely you exercised, Sklar says—the higher the intensity, the longer the EPOC effect.
So, if you want to mix up your workouts (which is simple with a Handstand Passport) and are looking for a way to burn extra calories, it’s good to know that doing high-intensity exercises may help. Just keep this in mind, per Sklar: “The higher the intensity of your chosen exercise, the more significant the EPOC.”