I’m going to share with you five of my favourite exercises, which have rightfully earned their place as some of the best fat burning exercises out there. They’re all designed to burn high amounts of calories, so incorporating some of these movements in your workout routine is guaranteed to set you on the right path.
I have a love/hate relationship with burpees; I love them because they engage pretty much every muscle in your body, (including your legs, core, shoulders, triceps and chest), and I hate them because they’re seriously tough! In my opinion, burpees are the most demanding bodyweight exercise out there, so it’s not a coincidence that they’re the most effective too.
We all know how great regular squats are for burning fat, so it’s no surprise an adapted form of it has made the list. By replacing the usual upwards phase of a squat, with a leap, you seriously ramp up the intensity. A higher intensity means a higher amount of calories burned, that’s a no brainer! This exercise is also great for both developing power and toning your legs, as it attacks your glutes, hamstrings and quads all at the same time.
Similarly to squat jumps, the basic form of this movement is a great fat burner, so add in some extra momentum to jump in between lunges and you’ve got yourself a brilliant calorie destroyer.
Just as the name suggests, this exercise is no walk in the park! If done at a challenging pace, you’ll discover exactly how tough mountain climbers are on your cardiovascular system; they’ll have you gasping for breath in no time. Personally, I think this exercise is optimal when incorporated into circuit training because they’re extremely challenging to keep up for long periods of time.
Medicine ball slam
The fact that your entire body engages for this exercise is what gives it its effectiveness. Lifting the ball high above your head may not fatigue your shoulder muscles too much, but there’s no denying you’ll feel the effect throughout your arms, torso, back, glutes and legs as you slam the ball downwards. Squat to pick the ball up and to complete this brilliant fat torching exercise.
Here a quick workout I compiled using only exercises from this list:
15 squat jumps
15 push ups
20 mountain climbers (10 each side)
15 medicine ball slams
20 lunges (10 each side)
The exercises above equal 1 round. The aim of the workout is to complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes.
Looking to burn fat? Take a look at my article on HIIT.