If you are anything like me, you are always looking for a way to get the most results out of your workouts in the least amount of time. Heck, we all lead busy lives, so usually the first thing that falls off the plate when we are time limited is our workouts. If you want a solution to being able to gain muscles fast then read on.
Cut Body Fat Levels To See Results
Have you ever run into the issue of working out for a period of what you thought was a long time and just never seemed to see results? You probably already know and understand how to gain muscles but the issue may just be with your body fat levels. Unfortunately body fat can cover up a lot of our muscular gains and can even make us look rounder and not as defined as we would like. The solution to this problem is to combine resistance (i.e. strength) training with interval training. You probably already have the resistance part looked after so let's talk about the interval training part and how it can leapfrog your muscle gaining results.
Interval Training Is Your Friend
First off, what is interval training anyways? Interval training is a form of cardio usually done on a treadmill or stationary bike. The idea is to combine high intensity bursts with lower intensity recover time. Before we get into the form of the workout we need to discuss heart rate levels.
Listen To your Heart
One thing that comes in quite handy is a heart rate monitor of some type because you are going to want to know what your heart is doing throughout the workout. This may vary a bit depending on your current fitness, but you are going to be using 40-50% of max heart rate for your recovery and then 80 - 90% of max heart rate for your bursts in each set. A typical workout might look like this:
Jump on the treadmill and warm up for 5 min so that you get the blood flowing and the muscles limbered up. Once you are warmed up you would run or cycle for 1 minute of 80-90% of max heart rate and then 1 to 2 minutes of 40-50% of max heart rate to help you recover before your next set. Keep moving back and forth between your bursts and your recovery periods. Since you are giving the heart a good workout, you do not need to do these for extended periods of time. The awesome thing about interval training is that you really only need your routines to be 20 - 30 minutes long to get similar results when compared to long slow boring cardio of an 1 hour. Most people I know would prefer to get their workouts done in the shortest time possible (I know I do).
Just Give It A Try
Try pairing both your strength training and interval training together for a lethal calorie burning combination. Life is busy, so use your time efficiently by combining your strength and resistance training and your cardio into one workout. You will be amazed at the results that it gives you.