Workout Of The Week:
This week's workout is this Monday's FWW Live Interval Class to help prepare for Memorial Day's Murph Workout.
The only thing you need is your body and a timer.
Every 75 seconds for 20 rounds:
15 Bodyweight Squats
1. Can you get stronger with HIIT Workouts?
And I am the perfect example since hiit and metcons are the main foundation for my own training and for FWW Live .
But for HIIT to work in building strength, you do have to do a few things differently:
Progressive overload. Most circuit style workouts fail to encourage progressive overload. It's holding you back and keeping a workout cardio focused vs. strength focused.
Rest. Because HIIT is INTENSE on the system, it's more important to listen to your body for recovery. Do you need to take a rest day? Maybe do a purely weight lifting session from time to time. Make sure to eat for recovery. All these things allow the body to rebuild and increase strength.
Workouts should incrementally get harder either with the weight used, the number of reps you perform, the number of total sets, or time under tension. This is the fundamental rule for building strength.
2. If short on time, is it better to cut reps or sets?
There will be plenty of instances where time tries to rob you of a workout.
We always tell our ladies that a little something is better than nothing...
But to keep it simple and 100% focused on this question...
If it's a rare issue, don't worry about cutting either. Instead, maybe do a circuit, metcon, or interval workout that fits the time you have.
If it's happening consistently, to allow your body to progress while still keeping sessions short, I'd recommend cutting sets but increasing reps. Read the example below.
Cutting Sets & Increasing Reps:
If you're used to doing 3 sets of 10 reps of, let's say, bench press. That's 30 total reps. And there is probably at least 3 minutes of rest.
On days when you need to be in and out, consider 2 sets of 15 reps.
That's still 30 reps but you'll only have 1-2 minutes of rest total. That done with every exercise on the training plan will cut your workout in half.
You might have to decrease your weight but with the decrease in rest, the intensity will be close to the same.
3. Most Underrated Training/Fitness Tips?
When you're going into a workout, it's hard to break free of the competitive mindset. Fast reps, fast turnovers, short rests...
But slowing down can lead to huge improvements.
Not only in form, but helping to learn body awareness, focusing on the muscles you're supposed to be engaging and in the end...
Better gains in strength and hypertrophy.
Don't always compete with yourself or your workout partner. Sometimes take you your time, go lighter, and feel how a move is supposed to feel without rushing.
I recommend this blog post on the benefits of negatives and how to add them into your workouts!
4. Best Macros For Men?
Of course, this depends.
It depends on goals, physical activity, lifestyle, and more.
But a rough estimation for macros are:
These are the smaller sides of the range and it's likely that protein or carbs would be higher depending on the variables mentioned above.
In general, a man that workouts needs .8-1g/lb bodyweight of protein.
From there, the other macros can be loosely estimated.
5. What are my pet peeves?
Like every human, I have a few.
But two include:
People demanding recommendations on social media with the statement, "And go!" at the end as if it's a privilege to give a suggestion.
My husband leaving his empty cans/jars/trash on the counter BESIDE the trash can.
Fit Women's Weekly News
And finally, I did mention a few news worthy bits I want to share here in the notes:
The Summer Shred is scheduled for July 12th. This is an 8 week challenge and training program for all fitness levels and includes nutrition and fitness coaching! More details to come.
Thursday, May 27th, I'll be LIVE on the FWW Facebook page at 7:30 am EST for an awesome total body kettlebell workout. It will last no longer than 30 minutes but will be a great start to the day.
Do You Want To Workout With Me?
I have a program called Fit Women's Weekly LIVE . It's my personal training studio in your living room.
We host 16 LIVE classes every week... but we also record every workout.
You get to build the workout schedule that fits your life.
If you want to KNOW you're doing the right style of workout...
And have a coach to help you when you have questions...
Sign up for a 14 day FREE class pass and some see what FWW LIVE is all about... then make your mind up on whether you want to join.