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Sprint Your Way to a Flatter Stomach
As summer has reached it’s end, we are all looking for excuses to get outside and enjoy the weather while we still can. Soon enough we’ll open our eyes and the ground will be covered in snow, meaning that for most of us an outdoor workout is out of the question. While the weather is still manageable, how about adding a sprinting routine to your workout schedule? It’s a form of training that can do wonders for any athlete and is a great alternative to constantly being in the gym.
Sprinting is one of, if not, the most explosive workout you can do and is a great way to burn fat and increase your metabolic rate for several days. The higher your metabolic rate, the faster your body burns fat. With sprinting, you also don’t lose as much muscle mass as you would with long distance running. ‘Without losing muscle mass’ is the key phrase that attracts a lot of people to this sort of high intensity, short burst exercise.
Sprinting works the glutes, calves, hips, hamstrings, and abs. Since your body is constantly stabilizing itself as you sprint, there is a great deal of work being placed upon your core. So, if you’re looking to have some ripped looking abs, this might be something for you to consider as it will definitely help trim off that last bit of belly fat so many of us have a problem losing. If you’re looking for a way to further challenge yourself, sprinting with a parachute is a great way to increase the amount of work and resistance placed upon your muscles. Resistance and cardio is believed to increase your metabolic rate up to 15 times your basal rate so the addition of a parachute is a great way to rev up those engines and kickstart your metabolism into overdrive. An affordable sprinting parachute can usually be found at any sporting equipment store.
Try this sprinting routine and keep track of it for a month. Note how many sprints you are able to reach and whether you are able to maintain the mentioned rest period in order to track your progress. Do this routine 2 – 3 times a week along with your regular weight training routines and I guarantee that you will see noticable results.
5 – 10 minutes of light jogging followed by ballistic stretching will help get the blood flowing
Aim to reach 8 – 10 100m sprints with a slow jog back to starting position. The jog to starting position should range from 1 minute – 1.5 minutes and should be your rest period. Sprint at 70% for the first 3 and increase as you go.
A 400m jog and some light stretching