Many have asked me, “How often do you work out?” The answer to that is five or six days per week. However, it isn’t just any workout. I am a member at Fit Body Boot Camp in Napa.
Fit Body Boot Camp, with locations across the United States, is a program that incorporates what is called High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Active Rest Training, which are more effective than many longer exercise programs. It is a 30-minute workout that focuses on getting your heart rate into the fat burning zone while at the same time, you strength train to develop more muscle mass. The workouts are known as the Afterburn ™ workouts because you burn calories long after the workout has ended, for 24-48 hours.
I attend an early-morning class Monday through Friday and most Saturdays. I choose to work out before I start the rest of day because I like the feeling of accomplishment first thing in the morning, plus it jumpstarts endorphins, fat burning, and metabolism that lasts all day. Our classes usually consist of four stations of two exercises each. We complete each exercise at a station three times for 30-40 seconds each, alternating between the two, then we move to the next station. We take a water break halfway through the class. We often finish the class with a final burst of exercise and stretching together as one group. The exercises include weight-bearing activities with hand weights, the TRX Training System, medicine balls, and ropes, as well as running, burpees, squats, lunges, mountain climbers, planks, push-ups, sit-ups, and many others.
I have been a certified aerobics instructor and fitness class participant in the past, including activities such as step aerobics, cardio-dance, power walking, and weight-based programs, and I have not found any of these to be as effective in such a short amount of time, with regard to length of the daily workout and time it has taken to get to the fitness level I have achieved to date. I recommend Fit Body Boot Camp or something similar that incorporates HIIT if you want to achieve optimal health and fitness.