Want to get lean? Head for the rower

Men's Fitness - - Contents -

In­clud­ing Mr Miyagi’s train­ing tips

Still try­ing to cram weights ses­sions and car­dio work­outs into your busy sched­ule? If you want to lose fat, re­search from Duke Uni­ver­sity in the US has the an­swer for time-pressed gym- go­ers: stick to car­dio. Sub­jects tak­ing part in the eight-month study were di­vided into groups do­ing re­sis­tance ex­er­cises, car­dio work­outs or a com­bi­na­tion of the two. The car­dio and com­bi­na­tion groups lost the most body mass, but the car­dio group just shaded it, in­di­cat­ing that aer­o­bic ex­er­cise gives the most fat-burning bang for your buck. Row­ing is the smart choice be­cause its low-im­pact na­ture puts less pres­sure on your joints than the tread­mill. Try ten rounds of 250m at max­i­mum in­ten­sity and 250m of ac­tive re­cov­ery to shock your body into fat-burning mode.

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