This is the age old question. What are the best workouts for weight loss? Do I use the squat rack? Should you run on a treadmill for 30 minutes? Do I work my core? Should you use dumbbells or barbells? What about kettle bells?
The answer is we want to do CrossFit.
We want constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity.
We break this down below.
The best workouts for weight loss means we want variety.
What does that mean? It means you want to constantly vary your workouts. One day you may be running a 5K. And the next training day you are weightlifting. One day could mean performing push ups and air squats. And the next day you are performing front squats and box jumps or steps ups.
You will also want to vary your workout time domains from as little as 5-8 minutes to as long as 20-30 minutes and even an hour.
Variety in training forces our body to adjust constantly.
The best workouts to achieve weight loss involve function movements.
Functional movements are movements we perform in everyday life. They involve core to extremity. They are movements found in everyday life. Squatting is standing from a seated position. Deadlifting involves picking things off the floor. Functional movements are multi-joint compound movements we use inside and especially outside the gym. Functional movements are found throughout nature. Whereas non-functional movements such as leg curls and extensions are only found in a gym setting.
And finally the best workouts to achieve weight loss involve high intensity.
We define intensity as the ability to move large loads across distances in the least amount of time. Intensity is the key variable in achieving a favorable rate of return. Or a favorable change in our bodies. This favorable change often registers in the form of weight loss and/or strength gains.