Body fat burning - sprints or distance?

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    Oct 25, 2011 1:47 PM GMT
    Which is better? 20mins of sprint sets or 40mins or mid intensity run?
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    Oct 25, 2011 3:12 PM GMT
    I believe 30 mins is the minimum duration for the body to start burning fat... so definitely not 20 minutes. Short bursts are more for muscle-building for your legs. But i'm kind of a lazy bum, so I'm sure many others can give you better advice than this icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 25, 2011 3:12 PM GMT
    TheChrisGuy saidI believe 30 mins is the minimum duration for the body to start burning fat... so definitely not 20 minutes. Short bursts are more for muscle-building for your legs. But i'm kind of a lazy bum, so I'm sure many others can give you better advice than this icon_smile.gif


    wrong-wrong-wrong-wrong-wrong!!!!!!!!

    High-Intensity Interval Training is one of the most effective fat-burning methods out there.
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    Oct 25, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    Tabata 4 minutes (form of HIIIT) - on a treadmill or just RUN it (I do it on an elliptical)... 20-sec high intensity, 10 sec low. Does wonders. The burning is not in the 4-minutes... it's the postburn in the hours after having seriously revved up your metabolism.
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    Oct 25, 2011 3:27 PM GMT
    weisumin saidWhich is better? 20mins of sprint sets or 40mins or mid intensity run?
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    Oct 25, 2011 3:58 PM GMT
    weisumin saidWhich is better? 20mins of sprint sets or 40mins or mid intensity run?


    Definately 20 mins of sprint sets. And NOT JUST for fat burning. Sprints also:

    - Force your body to run more efficiently
    - Will define you core section and lower back
    - Teaches your body to PICK UP YOUR FEET (gawd hearing people drag their feet running makes my skin crawl)
    - Run on an outdoor track or trail vs a treadmill to make your legs stronger faster. Also treadmills can propel you a bit with its engine. Outside its all you baby!
    - If you ARE going to do these on a treadmill, put the incline on .5 or 1 to simulate wind resistance and to help you with better form.

    NEVER RUN ON A TREADMILL AT ZERO INCLINE!!!! No matter what type of running you are gonna do (sprint vs distance).
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    Oct 25, 2011 4:04 PM GMT
    EXCELLENT TRACK WORKOUT:

    Track is 400 meters around.

    2 laps warm up - EASY
    Stretch legs and do some striders

    Divide track into quarters - 100 meters each
    1st - EASY
    2nd - Striders - MODERATE
    3rd - Run - INTENSE
    4th - SPRINT - RED LINE IT!!!

    Repeat over and over. I aim for 8 to 12 reps (2 to 3 miles) and takes about 20 minutes.

    2 laps cool down - EASY
    Stretch legs
    Don't forget the cool down!!! Helps flush out the legs and avoid cramping.
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    Oct 25, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    Just do any sort of real interval training: HIIT, Tabata, or hell make up your own interval.
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    Oct 25, 2011 4:31 PM GMT
    The simplest answer is that a mid-intensity run is best for burning fat. You can calculate your best heart rate zone for burning fat based on your heart rate. Your body burns fat at low-to-mid heart ranges, but starts burner sugar the higher you go.

    It's a little more complicated than this though. Basing your fat burning zone based on your age isn't very accurate. Your zones change over time as you get more in shape. You can train your body to burn fat better by training in different zones at different intervals during your run. This will also make your heart stronger and more easily adaptable to different intensities of exercise.

    I wish I could suggest a specific routine for you. I have been doing an interval routine, and it has greatly increased my fat burning potential. My routine is from my gym, and it's specifically geared for my heart rate zones. You can check to see if your gym has any sort of program like that.

    Edit: If I can find a better explanation of this, I will post a link. I have a few descriptions, but they are from companies that are trying to sell you something. I'd rather find a less biased source.
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    Oct 26, 2011 4:11 PM GMT
    7Famark said
    TheChrisGuy saidI believe 30 mins is the minimum duration for the body to start burning fat... so definitely not 20 minutes. Short bursts are more for muscle-building for your legs. But i'm kind of a lazy bum, so I'm sure many others can give you better advice than this icon_smile.gif


    wrong-wrong-wrong-wrong-wrong!!!!!!!!

    High-Intensity Interval Training is one of the most effective fat-burning methods out there.


    Oh crap. Thanks for picking that out!
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    Oct 26, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    TheChrisGuy saidI believe 30 mins is the minimum duration for the body to start burning fat... so definitely not 20 minutes. Short bursts are more for muscle-building for your legs. But i'm kind of a lazy bum, so I'm sure many others can give you better advice than this icon_smile.gif


    I believe that Jesus and Moses fought off the Persians with machine guns... so definitely not 20 minutes.