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MASSIVELY Boost Your Metabolism To Incredible Heights With This Method

MASSIVELY Boost Your Metabolism To Incredible Heights With This Method

When it comes to losing weight, everyone is curious about speeding up their metabolism – and for good reason! Who wouldn’t want their metabolism jacked-up all day like when you were young… or younger? The advice here may not be so helpful to those trying to gain weight. However, this article will help make losing weight so much easier!

Besides the supplements that you see everywhere, there are NATURAL ways to get your metabolism ramped up – including thermogenic foods and exercise. When it comes to exercise, there is a training method that will have you busting through calories over 38 hours after your workout is finished (Schuenke et al 2002)! I’m talking about burning over 150 extra calories (Bahr & Sejersted 1991)! This method is called EPOC training.

Remember to get examined by you physician before beginning any exercise program. Make sure you are cleared for this sort of physical activity.

EPOC Training

EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption) is also commonly referred to as the afterburn effect. During this process your body attempts to return itself to how it was before your workout (commonly called your natural resting state) as quickly as possible. This includes energy re-synthesis, muscle repair, and lactic acid removal – all of which require energy. Basically, EPOC is measured by the extra oxygen you consume to perform these tasks. This breaks down to roughly 5 calories burned for every extra liter of oxygen you consume (Vella & Kravitz 2004).

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Do you want to boost your metabolism long after your workout is over via the EPOC effect? Well, in order to elicit a decent EPOC response we need to focus on:

  1. Workout Intensity
  2. Workout Duration
  3. Training Method

Workout Intensity

EPOC is all about intensity; which makes complete sense considering that EPOC is all about returning your body to its resting state. The higher the intensity of your workouts, the greater the magnitude of your EPOC effect will be. You might ask, “What exactly constitutes high-intensity?” Well, that’s a great question! Let’s delve into some answers.

A simple way to tell if you are working out at a high enough intensity is to refer to science. In 1990 Kaminsky and associates found that an EPOC response was elicited when exercising at a 70% to 75% of your VO2 max. Of course it could also be elicited at a lower VO2 max, but we will go with the proven one. VO2 max is an overall indicator of your physical fitness. In other words, the higher your VO2 max is, the more “fit” you are. This is normally determined by intricate lab equipment, which I doubt you will be using at your local gym. So you will need a way to determine our VO2 max easily during our workout.

Thankfully, there is a super easy way to determine your heart rate that is correlated to that specific VO2 max. Although it isn’t 100% accurate, it’s still a good estimate. You can do this using this calculator which will determine the heart-rate you need to maintain during your workout. This heart-rate is quite high because we are going for super high-intensity and therefore a bigger EPOC effect.

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Workout Duration

The second variable that we need to monitor (in order to induce a massive EPOC effect) is maintaining your high-intensity for at least 20 minutes. We get this number from a 1994 Quinn and associates study which found that an EPOC effect was induced when people performed exercise at a high-intensity for 20, 40, or 60 minutes. Some of the most encouraging evidence wass the fact that those who exercised for 20 minutes (1/3 of the time) received over half of the EPOC benefits as those that worked out for 60 minutes. This time trade-off allows us to continue with the afterburn effect, while not spending hours in the gym! That said, if you have the extra time and still desire to increase the magnitude of your EPOC effect, just exercise longer.

Training Method

Finally, I’ll discuss the actual method of exercise that you should be performing. Most people instantly think that running intervals would be the ideal way to ramp up your metabolism. In fact, the best way to increase your EPOC effect is via strength training, and more specifically circuit training (Murphy & Schwarzkopf 1992).

Strength training in general is a must. Even if you aren’t trying to increase your metabolism with this specific practise it is still pivotal to your well-being since it also builds muscle, increases strength, burns calories, and builds bones. When you combine strength training with circuits you also speed up your metabolism because your heart rate is elevated the entire time. And you’re working your tail off! You can make your strength training workout more “circuit-esque” by super setting all of your sets so that you are basically moving from one opposing muscle group to the other, with little to no rest between sets. You will be pumped and winded – trust me!

Wrap-Up

Discovering the right method to induce an EPOC effect and boost your metabolism in a timely manner boils down to 3 main ingredients:

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  1. Workout at a 70-75% VO2max
  2. Keep that intensity for at least 20 minutes
  3. Strength train/circuit train

Because these workouts are so intense and can be so taxing on your body you shouldn’t perform them every day. Why would you need to, when your metabolism could be boosted for 38 hours anyways? Instead, perform an EPOC workout 2-3 times a week (time dependent).  You can even create your very own full-body circuit workout from any of these exercises and go from there!

If you want to boost your metabolism NATURALLY, there really is no better away than the EPOC method. Although the workouts are very taxing they can set you up for a massive metabolism boost!

Train smarter with EPOC training!

Citations

Bahr R, Sejersted OM (1991) Effect of intensity of exercise on excess postexercise oxygen consumption. Metabolism 40: 836–41.

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Kaminsky LA, Padjen S, LaHam-Saeger J (1990) Effect of split exercise sessions on excess postexercise oxygen consumption. Brit J Sports Med 24: 95-98.

Murphy E, Schwarzkopf R (1992) Effects of standard set and circuit weight training on excess postexercise oxygen consumption. J Appl Sport Sci Res 6: 88-91.

Quinn TJ, Vroman NB, Kertzer R (1994) Postexercise oxygen consumption in trained females: Effect of exercise duration. Med Sci Spots Exer 26: 908-913.

Schuenke MD, Mikat RP, McBride JM (2002) Effect of an acute period of resistance exercise on excess post-exercise oxygen consumption: Implications for body mass management. Eur J Appl Physiol 86: 411-417.

Vella CA, Kravitz L (2004) Exercise after-burn: A research update. IDEA Fit J 1.5: 42-47.

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

Video Summary

Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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