By Jo Finzi
Melting 500 calories is as easy as the 1-2-3 routines below. Choose from any of the three workouts below or do all three and you’ll be trim in no time.
Spin away calories with this stationary-bike workout from Orest Ludwig, a personal trainer at the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers in New York City.
* RPM: The number of times you turn (Rotate) the pedals Per Minute. Check by holding your hand above your knee and counting the number of times your knee strikes your hand in one minute.
** RPE: Rate of Perceived Exertion. How hard you’re working on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the easiest. To bump up your RPE, turn up the tension on your bike.
Up the Stairs
If you’re already a dab hand at the stair-climbing machine, why not spice it up a bit. Here’s a boredom busting calorie burner from Kell Roberts, group fitness manager at Equinox Fitness Club in Pasadena, California.
To prevent yourself cheating on the calorie burn, stand upright with your abs firm, and don’t lean on the side rails. Get a better workout by going hands free, and pump your arms as if you are running.
What are you waiting for? Get moving, and watch those inches disappear!
Run of the mill
Try this running workout from certified triathlon coach, Robert Pennino. Keep the incline of the treadmill at one per cent throughout the workout. If the pace seems too fast, modify it to suit your fitness level.