What exercises should you be doing for fat loss?
There are a lot of exercises that you can do to help with your fat loss goals. But not all exercises are created equal. Some exercises are better than others for fat loss.
Focusing most of your program on compound movements (such as squats, deadlifts, bench press, lat pulldown, etc) works best for fat loss. These types of exercises recruit many more muscle groups than isolation movements (like bicep curls). This means you burn more calories with compound exercises and will help your body increase its metabolic rate so that it can continue burning fat at a higher level all day.
Applying the progressive overload principle by gradually increasing the weight or resistance that you are using overtime, will ensure that your muscles continue to adapt and grow, which will help burn more calories and fat even when you’re not working out.
In addition to compound movements and progressive overload, adding in some cardio is good to stay active while recovering from strength training. A combination of strength training and cardio in a training program helps produce the best results.
Here are some of our favorite compound exercises for fat loss:
- Pull ups or lat pulldown
- Bench press, shoulder press
- Barbell squats, goblet squats
- Deadlifts, Romanian deadlifts
- Dips, bench dips
- Barbell rows, dumbbell rows, seated cable row
These are just a few of our favorite exercises for fat loss. But remember, it’s important to personalize your program to fit your needs and goals. If you’re not sure where to start, talk to a personal trainer, they can help create a program that’s tailored specifically for you.
- Compound movements work best for fat loss
- Progressive overload is key
- Add in some cardio
- Strength train and cardio together for the best results!