The Best Bodyweight Exercises for Weight Loss

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Woman Skipping in Gym

Burn Calories and Body Fat With Bodyweight Exercises

There are lots of different ways that you can lose weight and work on weight loss fitness goals with exercise. One of the ways to do that is with bodyweight exercises. These are a really effective way of working out and they can help you to build up your heart rate when performed quickly which results in your body burning more calories and body fat.

Trying to lose weight whilst our gyms are closed? Stick with us and we’ll show you how to smash your weight loss goals at the home until you can get back to your gym routine. For the best possible weight loss results, it’s important to get your diet clean and suited to your lifestyle choices. When combining the two of these, you’ll be able to drop your weight much faster.

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The Ultimate Weight Loss Routine

When it comes to bodyweight exercises and weight loss, there is only really one result – high intensity training. A firm favourite workout style of ours is HiiT; high intensity interval training. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this type of training, it includes working out for short periods of time but giving your full energy and maximum potential in each exercise interval. Combining this with minimal rest periods allows you to keep your heart rate high, improve your cardiovascular fitness and ultimately burn a high amount of calories.

If you’re trying to lose weight at the moment, follow HIIT workouts at home. The only piece of ‘equipment’ that you’ll need is yourself so find yourself a dedicated exercise space either in the house or in the garden and start working out.

Exercises that include maximum movement are the ones that will help you burn calories fast. This is movements such as jumping lunges, squat jumps, jumping jacks, high knees and tuck jumps. Depending on your fitness abilities, you may find some high energy bodyweight exercises difficult but always push yourself to do what you can. If you’re unable to perform squat jumps, opt for a static squat instead but increase the speed of your reps to push yourself closer to your weight loss goals. This should help you build up the ability and confidence to perform a full squat jump in later days, weeks or months.

Full Body Bodyweight Exercises

The great things about bodyweight exercise is that it provides no barriers to your workout. You’re able to work every muscle and every body part as you wish. Whatever your problem area or the muscle group that you’re trying to target, there is a bodyweight exercise that will help you in that specific area. Another positive to bodyweight exercises is that they’re something everyone can try. Gym beginners might not be familiar with free weights or certain machines in the gym, but you don’t have to worry about that. Whether you’ve never stepped into a gym before or attend X4L 7 days a week, bodyweight exercises can be really beneficial to you and your fitness goals.

Is your upper body a problem area for you? Tricep dips are a great bodyweight exercise that help to tone your upper arms and the faster that you perform this exercise, the more calories your body will burn. Press ups are another great exercise and exercises such as mountain climbers, sprints and burpees are perfect for working your full body at one time. Similarly, if you’re looking to tone your legs, try some jumping lunges. With each jump you’ll fire up your quads and glutes whilst pushing your body into a fat burning state.

The more energy that you put into your bodyweight exercises and workouts, the better your weight loss results will be. You simply burn more calories when your heart rate is higher. So, don’t worry about any equipment for the time being, focus on building strong foundations with regular bodyweight movements instead and reap the many benefits. Once you’ve done this, you can explore the wide range of equipment and facilities we have in our gyms across the UK with confidence and ease.

Keep Smashing Your Fitness Goals at Home

At Xercise4Less Gyms, we understand how important your fitness goals are to you and we respect our varied fitness community. We’ve put together a wide range of @Home Workouts suited to all fitness abilities and people with weight loss goals, strength building goals and much more.

If you’re without equipment at the moment, don’t worry, we’ve put together a number of workouts that you can follow such as HIIT 1, HIIT Lower Body, HIIT Upper Circuit and more. All of these require only your bodyweight and will help you smash your weight loss goals whilst we’re temporarily closed.

How to Lose Weight with HIIT Exercise Sessions

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How to hit your fat loss targets? Use HIIT!

Lose weight faster with some High Intensity Interval Training at your local Xercise4Less gym; it’s simply one of the best weight loss tips we can give you. You’ll see an increase in both lean muscle mass and an improvement in calorie burn with a successful HIIT weight loss routine. With a HIIT workout you set yourself up for successful fat burning every time you exercise. Achieve more calorie burn in just 15 minutes of HIIT than in an hour jogging on the treadmill. It’s that helpful in your quest to lose weight quickly.

Not only do you burn more calories during a HIIT workout you’ll increase the rate of your metabolism and lose more fat in the 24 hours after your high intensity workout than you would after any steady-state exercise. You won’t lose muscle either as the intense nature of your HIIT fitness session ensures most of the weight lost comes from existing fat stores. You even strengthen your heart muscles and you won’t have a chance to get bored either. So, where do you start? Here are some suggestions for how you can put HIIT to the test at your nearest Xercise4Less gym.

Accelerate Fat Loss with a Stationary Bike Sprint

HIIT really works when you want to slim down and a Stationary Bike Sprint will work your quads and hamstrings intensively. Put some resistance on your spin bike before you start to really add to the intensity. For this HIIT fat burner you pedal as hard and fast as you’re able for a full 30 seconds. Just keep focused on pedalling at a fast pace for that time. Then turn the bike wheels over slowly for 60 seconds at an easy pace and then back to the fast pedal. Repeat for 10-20 rounds, depending on how long you want your HIIT session to be. Let the weight loss begin!

Fight Weight Gain with Battle Ropes

Blitz your belly fat with Battle Ropes at an Xercise4Less Gyms near you. This HIIT exercise couldn’t be simpler or more effective in the fight against weight gain. The key here is to keep going at a really fast pace to get your heart racing. Grip a pair of battle ropes and start some battle rope slams or waves for 30 seconds. Rest for 60 seconds. Repeat your battle rope moves for 10 rounds and learn exactly why this is such a good way to lose weight.

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Incinerate Calories with the Rowing Fat Burner

The Rowing Fat Burner will leave you breathless and your abs and glutes furiously melting calories. Sit on a rowing machine in your Xercise4Less gym and set the distance for 2,000 metres. Row for 60 seconds and then get off the rower at 1:00. Do 5 hollow rocks then immediately sit back on the rower and start rowing until the time is 2:00. Get off the rowing machine and then do 6 hollow rocks. Start rowing again. Continue this HIIT cycle until you have rowed all 2,000 metres, adding one hollow rock each time. By the time you finish you’ll certainly feel the calorie burn!

The Calorie Burning Treadmill Sprint Interval

If you want a leaner and more toned body, you want the fat burning properties of a Treadmill Sprint Interval. This HIIT session is easy to apply and very effective for shedding weight. Start off with a 3 minute jog to warm up and then sprint as fast as you can on the treadmill for 15-20 seconds. Jog at a slow pace for 60 seconds before sprinting again for 15-20 seconds. Repeat this HIIT routine for 10 rounds and you’ll end up with 15 minutes of pure fat loss.

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HIIT Weight Loss Results with Xercise4less Gyms

Smash your fitness targets with Xercise4Less Gyms. We don’t just provide impressive gym facilities like our Ladies Only Gym Zone or Combat Zone with MMA cage; we offer new members a real gym community of friendly members and expert personal trainers ready to support your weight loss programme. Enjoy HIIT sessions of your own creation or work with our personal fitness staff in up to 40 inclusive exercise classes in our spacious fitness studio. Anything you need to help you lose weight quicker is available at your local Xercise4Less gym.