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Last Updated on December 17, 2020

Hack Your Weight Loss Workout – Lose Weight In 15 Minutes a Day

Hack Your Weight Loss Workout – Lose Weight In 15 Minutes a Day

A weight loss workout doesn’t have to be boring. It shouldn’t require you to workout for hours every day to be effective either. You can actually lose weight and excess body fat in just 15 minutes a day. The keys are to use the right equipment, choose the right exercises, and do your workout the right way. Do these things and you can get in an awesome weight loss workout that can help you lose more fat in 15 minutes than if you were to spend hours on the treadmill.

Enter The Kettlebell

Sure it looks pretty basic, like a cannonball with a handle, but I promise you the results using one delivers are better than you’ll get from cardio, free weights or machines. What makes it better is its design. The handle of the kettlebell that’s on top of the round, solid steel weight offsets its center of gravity. This forces your body to use more muscles when you exercise. Using more muscles to perform an exercise means you will work harder and burn more calories.

The other thing that makes the kettlebell so effective is that its smooth, rounded handle and compact shape. This makes several calorie-burning exercises that you cannot do with dumbbells or a barbell possible. They include the kettlebell swing, which will help you lose weight and get into shape faster than any other exercise. That’s why it’s the key to the weight loss workout hack in this article.

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Most gyms have kettlebells available for you to use. If you work out at home one can be purchased for about fifty dollars. Make sure you buy a kettlebell that is made from solid steel and that its handle is welded onto the cannonball section. This will ensure it lasts you a lifetime. You can buy them at most sporting good stores or online.

When you buy your first kettlebell it’s a little tricky to determine which weight is best. A good rule of thumb is that women should buy a weight between 15-25 lbs. The best weight for men to start with is typically between 35-45 lbs.

Putting the Weight Loss Workout Hack Together

Now that you know which piece of fitness equipment you need it’s time to get to the workout. Everything you need from the exercises you’ll do to how many sets and reps is detailed below.

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You’ll do these workouts 3 days a week. You should give yourself a day’s rest between each to ensure your body recovers completely. This will enable you to train hard at every session. A schedule that I prefer is to train every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You can rest on the other days of the week or perform a different type of workout.

You won’t be counting the number of sets you do in this workout in the typical manner of performing a set for a given number of reps, resting, and then doing another set. Instead you’ll do each set one after another with no rest. Don’t even set the weight down. Instead move from each exercise almost as if they are all part of the same movement. In fitness circles this is called a complex.

The key benefit of complexes is that they burn more calories than a traditional workout where you rest between every set. This is because you’ll train more intensely. Studies show training this way doesn’t just burn calories during your workout but for as long as 72 hours after your workout is done too. The calorie burning benefits of traditional workouts stop almost as soon as your workout is done.

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Workout 1 (Monday)

Workout 2 (Wednesday)

  • Kettlebell Shoulder Press
  • Kettlebell Squat
  • Kettlebell Swing

Workout 3 (Friday)

  • Kettlebell Squat
  • Kettlebell Swing
  • Kettlebell Shoulder Press

Reps, Sets & Rest Periods

You’ll start this workout program performing 7 reps of every exercise. Add 1 rep to each exercise per week. By the 4th week you’ll be doing 10 reps per exercise.

Start by doing 4 complexes at every workout during the first week. Add a complex every week. By the 4th week you will be doing 7 complexes at every workout. Rest as little as possible between complexes. Aim to rest no more than 1 minute. The less fit you are the more you’ll need. If you can’t start with a minutes rest between complexes decrease your rest period every week until you reach the 1 minute mark.

Conclusion

Now you know how to hack your workout to lose fat and get into great shape fast in as little time possible. Give the workout in this article a try for a month and I guarantee you’ll see better results than if you were to do the traditional long, slow cardio workouts using fitness equipment at your gym. You’ll lose belly fat, build some muscle, look better, and have more fun too.

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Remember that diet is important too. By cutting back on carbohydrates or following a Paleo diet you’ll see results even faster.

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Curt is the founder of Stayfitcentral.com, a blog that helps you build the body you deserve.

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15 Static Stretches to Totally Enhance Your Workout Routine

15 Static Stretches to Totally Enhance Your Workout Routine

Stretching is one of those aspects of fitness that many people conveniently forget about. Perhaps you’re one of those who consider stretching nothing but a mere chore meant for ballerinas and gymnasts. While they are great for both, static stretches can offer a boost to any workout routine for people of all fitness levels.

Irrespective of your reasons for working out, be it for sports or personal fitness, one thing is certain: stretching can help you. Static stretches come with myriads of benefits, such as improvement in flexibility and reduction in muscle tightness, which ultimately allow you to go through your workout routines with greater efficiency.

For the purpose of this article, we’ll zero in on several great static stretches and take a look at the benefits and when they should be done.

Benefits of Static Stretches

Static stretches come with tons of benefits that can help you make the most of your workout routine. Some of them include:

Improved Flexibility

If you want to perform better, flexibility is of tremendous importance, irrespective of the specific workouts you do. Luckily enough, static stretches are all you need to get all the flexibility you desire.

Flexibility, also known as the range of motion (ROM) around a joint, has been shown by several studies to be improved by static stretching.[1] And although the specific mechanism through which this occurs is still unclear, static stretches have been shown to greatly increase muscle and joint flexibility[2] and tissue length[3], which work in tandem to make your workout more effective.

Prevent Injuries

If you’re looking to push yourself to your training limits without coming down with injuries, then stretching will do you a great service. Research has shown time and again that performing the right stretches  pre- and post-workout greatly helps with injury prevention.[4]

Think of it this way:

When you stretch, you literally push your joints and muscle fibers to their limit. This increases the stretch tolerance in these muscles and joints over time, and the increased tolerance allows you to perform more rigorous exercises without negatively impacting your body or risking an injury.

Increased Blood Flow to the Joints

Another benefit of stretching is increased blood flow – and by extension, nutrient supply – to the joints and muscles of the target areas. This, in turn, improves the performance of these muscles and joints due to the availability of more nutrients, improved oxygenation, and removal of metabolites.

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For static stretching though, the mechanism of action isn’t as straightforward. When stretching statically, blood flow (capillary oxygenation) temporarily reduces due to vascular compression.

However, immediately after releasing the stretch, the blood flow to these areas nearly doubles the pre-stretching levels.[5]

Improvement in Recovery

If you’ve been working out for some time, then you’ve probably discovered that a rigorous workout session can leave you battling sore muscles for days.

Recovery essentially means getting rid of this soreness and returning your muscle fibers back to their tip-top condition.

Research has shown that practicing static stretches after your workout session helps to reduce muscle soreness. And while some may argue that this effect is minimal, the fact still remains that stretching does help shorten your recovery time.

Stretching allows tissues to be better hydrated after the induced tension is released, and this encourages reduced inflammation and faster repair of such tissues.

Other reasons why you really should incorporate stretching into your workout include:

  • Improved relaxation
  • Increased movement efficiency
  • Reduction in the risk of lower back pain
  • Reduction in muscular tension
  • Improvement in neuromuscular coordination
  • Improvement in balance and postural awareness
  • Provision of relief from cramping

15 Static Stretches to Enhance Your Workouts

Here are some amazing exercises that will keep your body in tip-top condition and take your workout routine to the next level.

1. Neck Stretch

    • While sitting tall or standing, place your right arm gently on the right side of your head and place the other arm out to your side.
    • Slowly pull your head towards your right shoulder until you can feel the stretch on the left side of your neck.
    • Hold for about 30 seconds before releasing.
    • Repeat for the opposite side.

    2. Chest Stretch

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      • Stand upright, with your fingers interlocked behind your back, near your buttocks.
      • While keeping your shoulder blades together and your back straight, push your arms up behind you until you feel the stretch in your chest.
      • Hold for about 20-30 seconds before releasing.

      3. Cross-Body Shoulder Stretch

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        • Stand upright or sit up tall on a chair or mat.
        • Extend one arm to your front to shoulder height.
        • Grab the extended arm with your other arm and pull it towards your chest while keeping the extended arm straight.
        • Continue the pull until you feel the stretch in your shoulder.
        • Hold for 30 seconds and repeat for the other arm.

        4. Triceps Static Stretch

          • Lift your arms overhead, with both arms slightly behind your head and bent at the elbow.
          • Use your right hand to pull your left elbow until you feel a stretch in your triceps.
          • Hold for about 30 seconds and repeat for the other arm.

          5. Biceps Stretch

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            • Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
            • With your fingers pointing away from your body, place your two palms flat on the floor behind you.
            • While your hands are steadily in place, slowly slide your butt downward toward your feet until you can feel the stretch in your biceps, shoulders, and chest.
            • Hold for about 30 seconds before releasing.

            6. Wrist Stretch

              • While standing straight or sitting tall, extend your right arm forward to shoulder height with your fingers pointing toward the ceiling.
              • Grab your right fingers with your left hand, and pull your right hand to bend the wrist until you can feel the stretch.
              • Hold this position for about 30 seconds and repeat for the opposite arm.

              7. Side Stretch

                • Stand straight with your feet hip-width apart.
                • Take your right arm and reach over your head towards your left side while bending your side.
                • Keep bending your side slowly until you can feel a stretch on your right side.
                • Maintain this position for about 30 seconds and repeat for the opposite side.

                8. Abdominal Static Stretch

                  • Lie down on your stomach with your face towards the ground and your palms facing the floor as though you’re about to do a push up.
                  • While keeping your pelvis firmly on the floor, gently push your upper body up from the ground. This should make your feel some stretch in your abs.
                  • Maintain this position for about 30 seconds before releasing.

                  9. Reclined Spinal Twist

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                    • Lie down, with your arms extended to the sides and placed on the floor.
                    • While keeping the right leg extended, pull up your left knee towards your chest, tilt it toward your right side, and then drop it slowly over your extended right leg.
                    • Keep your shoulder blades flat on the ground, and you should feel the stretch around your back.
                    • Hold for about 30 seconds and repeat for the opposite side.

                    10. Knees to Chest

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                      • Lie on the ground facing the ceiling, with your knees bent.
                      • Hold your shins and pull up your knees toward your chest.
                      • This should make you feel some stretch in your lower back.
                      • Hold for about 30 seconds before releasing.

                      11. Hip Flexor Static Stretch

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                        • Stand right in a standard lunge position.
                        • Place your two hands on your hips.
                        • Step out on your right foot into mini-lunge position, without your knee going beyond your right toe.
                        • Hold for about 30 seconds and repeat for the left side.

                        12. Figure 4 Stretch

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                          • Sit tall on the ground with both knees bent and both feet on the floor.
                          • Lift your right leg and cross it over your left thigh, while your left knee remains bent.
                          • Pull both legs inwards toward your abdomen for a deep stretch of your glutes.
                          • Hold this position for about 30 seconds and repeat with the other leg.

                          13. Standing Quad Stretch

                            • Stand tall while maintaining a straight posture.
                            • With your left hand, grab a pole, wall, or anything durable for balance.
                            • With your right hand, grab your right foot and pull up your heels until they touch your buttocks.
                            • Keep your knees close together while doing this, push your hip forward, and you should feel the stretch in your quadriceps.
                            • Hold this position for about 30 seconds and repeat for the other side.

                            14. Hamstring Stretch

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                              • Sit on the floor with your right leg extended straight in front of you and your left leg bent.
                              • Reach forward with your right hand and touch your right toes. This should cause a stretch in your right hamstring.
                              • Hold this position for about 30 seconds and repeat for the left leg.
                              • If you’re unable to reach your toes, try holding your shin instead, but seek to go further every time you perform the stretch until you can touch your toes.

                              15. Calf Stretch

                                • Sit on the ground and extend your right foot straight in front of you.
                                • Gently pull your right toes backwards with your right hand. This should cause a noticeable stretch in your calf.
                                • Hold this position for about 30 seconds and repeat for the left leg.
                                • If you’re unable to reach your toes, use a rope or towel to pull your toes inward.

                                Bonus: Stretch With a Resistance Band

                                Resistance bands offer a unique benefit from free weights and create tension throughout your movement. Get the free 30 Day Resistance Band Full Workout Challenge, and challenge yourself to stretch with a resistance band.

                                When Should You Do Static Stretches?

                                Static stretching is great when done correctly and at the right time. Over the years, research has shown that static stretching produces best results when done after working out or on rest days,[6] but not as a part of warm up routines before an explosive workout session.

                                This is because static stretches have a “cool-down” effect on the muscles and are more effective when done after the muscles are already warm.

                                That doesn’t mean you must never ever perform static stretches before working out. Just do it sparingly. Dynamic stretches, which involve more movement, are generally recommended for warming up as it helps the body to prepare better for the work ahead.

                                The Bottom Line

                                Carving out the body of your dreams isn’t only about lifting weights and running; you need to keep your body “elastic” if you’re going to make the most of your training. And that’s the whole point of static stretches.

                                Starting today, be sure to incorporate these static stretching exercises into your routine, and in no time, you’ll find yourself recovering faster and performing better than ever before.

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