February 07, 2019

Sifting through the best workout methods according to what we know about our bodies and nutrition now can be difficult. We have new and different information about how our bodies to respond to movement and nourishment than a year ago. It can be tough to stay up to date on the latest science-backed information while also differentiating between best practices and trends.

We’ve been covering the five biggest workout myths most people have to contend with, whether doing workouts on their own at home or letting their workouts evolve with a trainer at the gym.  Part ONE covered the latest understanding of cardio and how that fits into our weight loss goals. We also covered rest days and what they should really look like if we want to stay on track with our goals, but avoid injuries.  Part TWO covered muscle definitions and how to achieve the best results in the most efficient way possible. We also talked specifically about crunches and the specific exercises that will create deeper, more natural results. Now we’re going to discuss the final myth out the top five most common misunderstood workout conventions.

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Myth Five: High-intensity training (HIIT) workouts are the best way to burn calories.

The truth is, it can be, but it depends on how we apply it. This one isn’t necessarily a true or false answer, which is why we’ve dedicated this article entirely to this myth. Exercise in its simplest terms is just stress applied to the body in a purposeful way to achieve particular results. Those results may be weight loss, muscle gain, sculpting, or other goals like increasing reflexes and balance. HIIT is high-intensity, so it’s great for burning calories, but it also creates metabolic fatigue. 

If you read parts one or two in this series, you might remember that metabolic fatigue occurs when you deplete your energy stores within a muscle. Metabolic fatigue is also a common way to create mechanical damage, which just means we are breaking down muscle fibers to make way for newer, stronger muscle fibers. Fatigue in this form (i.e., damaged muscle fiber that is depleted of energy stores) means our muscles need time to recover and replenish. If they are continually depleted by too many high-intensity workouts too close together, we open ourselves to injury, and we begin to see diminishing returns from our workouts.

You can do your HIIT workout, but don’t do them two days in a row. Instead, plan on a lower intensity workout the next day. An example might look like a HIIT workout on Monday, followed by yoga on Tuesday, high-intensity cycling on Wednesday, rest day on Thursday, HIIT strength circuit on Friday, a long walk and yoga on Sat, and a favorite swim or water-based workout on Sunday. A workout like this means you are getting a full body workout with different forces acting upon your body, and minimized risk of injury while promoting tissue repair.

The five myths explored in this three-part series will help you create the best possible workout series for your everyday health and fitness. Combine them with our all-natural protein shake,LEAN SENSE, and you’ll be summer beach body-ready in no time.