If you follow any fitness accounts on Instagram, you will have probably seen the iconic blue and red signage in the background of one of those popular post-F45 workout selfies. F45, or Functional 45 as it's short for, is everywhere right now. Born in Australia, there are now 1,500 studios and 6 million F45 members around the world. The first opened in the UK in 2017, now there are 35, with another 50 due to open this year alone. In the days of Classpass and a booming London fitness scene, the cult-following F45 has built is impressive. So is an F45 class worth all the hype? We went down to F45 Stratford to find out... It's not your typical boutique studio. There are no disco lights or fancy shake bars, this is stripped back, brightly lit and, well, functional – maybe that's part of the appeal? "People come here because they know they won't be judged, it's friendly, it's all about family," … [Read more...] about F45 is the fastest growing workout in London: is it worth the hype?
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Getty Imagesboonchai wedmakawand Walking is clearly a form of exercise but, if I'm being totally honest here, it doesn't always get taken seriously. After all, you walk to get to the gym…so does walking actually count as a workout on its own?For the record, yes, walking is a legit way to be physically active. “Like many cardiovascular exercises or activities, walking at an appropriate intensity can help strengthen your heart and make it more efficient, burn some extra calories, improve respiratory functions, and elevate your mood through the release of endorphins,” says Doug Sklar, a NASM-certified personal trainer and founder of New York City fitness training studio PhilanthroFIT.Of course, there’s a huge difference between going for a leisurely stroll and walking like you mean it. Here’s what you need to know about walking for exercise, plus how to max out your walking workout.Walking burns more calories than you think.Things like your weight, … [Read more...] about How Many Calories Can I Really Burn While Walking?
Getty ImagesEXTREME-PHOTOGRAPHER Weight loss is hard. (I know, I know. And water is wet.) Plus, research shows that when you try to use exercise to knock off a few unwanted pounds, your body pushes back by spurring you to eat a bit more and move a little less to compensate for the energy you used on that morning ride or indoor cycling class.So a group of scientists set out to find out if there was an amount of exercise we could do that would make a difference, despite this natural tendency to compensate for calories burned. Indeed there is, and the magic number is about twice as much as the exercise recommendations for general health—or the amount that would burn about 3,000 calories a week.In the study, researchers from the U.K. College of Agriculture, Food and Environment had a group of overweight volunteers exercise five days a week for 12 weeks. One group was instructed to burn 300 calories a session, or about 1,500 calories a week, while the second group had to ramp it … [Read more...] about Here’s How Many Calories You Need to Burn a Week to Actually Lose Fat
Scott Douglas, The Washington Post Published 6:20 am PST, Tuesday, December 18, 2018 If you're the kind of exerciser who constantly checks your heart rate to ensure you're in the fat-burning zone, you should stop. You'll probably never meet your weight-loss goals that way. That's because there's no special fat-burning zone that's key to getting lean. Here's what you need to know about the myth and about the true relationship between exercise and weight loss. Yes, we know. If you look at the wall charts or cardio equipment in a gym, or listen to many personal trainers, you'll be indoctrinated about the "fat-burning zone." The standard advice for getting in this zone is to workout at about 60 percent of your maximum heart rate. That level of exertion is relatively low intensity; most people can talk in complete sentences while exercising at it. Working in this zone, it's said, will burn more fat and result in greater long-term weight loss, compared with doing the same … [Read more...] about Fat-burning zone is a myth in weight loss, but calories do matter
Getty ImagesJohner Images When you finish an intense track workout, you know you’ve burned a significant number of calories. But what you may not realize is that your body continues to burn them even when you’re done running. This process is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), and it’s what people generally refer to as the “afterburn effect.” Advertisement - Continue Reading Below We spoke with two certified strength and conditioning specialists to get the basics on what EPOC actually is and what it means for runners.What Is EPOC?EPOC is simply your body’s way of cooling down after exercise. Our bodies use oxygen to produce energy while we’re exercising, and exercise that uses more oxygen—anything that’s high-intensity, such as an interval workout—burns more calories. Running Strong, which offers coaching and rehabilitation services to runners. It expends energy to help accomplish this. As a result, … [Read more...] about How Many Calories Do You Really Burn Once Your Workout Is Over?