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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 7: Start your workout with a sense of intensity

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We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or using this calendar.

30 Days to Summer Fit

We’re one week in, and we hope you’re feeling great! We’re kicking up the notch today with a one-hour cardio workout from Barry’s Bootcamp trainer TL (Tommy Luke Stracke): Start your workout with a sense of intensity.

Keep reading for tips from TL on how to maximize your workout.

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Break up the cardio part of your workout into three different rounds.  Not only will this get your body warmed up and prevent injury but it will also do something very desirable for most people - BURN FAT!   By getting your body in a fat burning mode right out of the gate during your 60min workout is so important.  After your first round of cardio your heart rate will drop a little bit during your subsequent resistance round, but get ready because it will be going back up again as you finish and head to your next cardio round.

I always use the analogy of a car on a freeway or a car driving around the city streets. When do you burn the most gas? It’s the stop and go especially in San Francisco up those hills. Challenge yourself by implementing my interval system and watch your body change shape.

Day 7: Kick Up Your Cardio

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Fitbit’s Spring Clean: Hack Your Gym Routine with This 30-Minute Workout

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It’s time to hang up your winter coat! We’re sharing 12 healthy “hacks” from our experts to help jumpstart new spring routines. Today’s post is all about efficiency at the gym, from Barry’s Bootcamp SF instructor Erica Stenz. 

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Erica Stenz is a Barry’s Bootcamp San Francisco fitness instructor.

If you’re trying to maximize your workout time at the gym – you need a plan. It’s about making every minute count. In order to burn maximum calories in just 30 minutes, you need to create a high-intensity interval cardio- and strength-training workout.

Intense cardio sessions will burn through stored carbohydrates and fat, but it’s important to supplement that workout with strength training in order to create the “EPOC” effect (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption, informally called “afterburn”). That means that your body keeps burning calories post-workout due to excess oxygen consumption.

5 steps for an effective 30-minute workout

  1. Create a plan with “3-2-1” circuits – this includes 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of high intensity cardio, and 1-minute of core/active recovery exercises (planks and side planks are my favorite to blast your abs). Each exercise in the circuits should be performed for 30 – 60 seconds. Your 30 seconds or so in between exercises will clock this workout in at almost exactly 30 minutes.

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