More often than not, top sportsmen/women are lean, toned and muscular. Although they hit the gym for strength, they didn’t get their physiques by spending all their time there. Sport is a great way to introduce some variety to your workouts, get you out of the gym and help you have fun whilst torching some calories. Here are 3 of the top sports for getting lean:
A two-in-one cardio and strength workout, boxing targets the entire body as well as improving coordination, reactivity and agility. You can blast up to 400 calories per hour working the heavy bag and 600 calories per hour sparring. The combination of activities, addition of plyometric work and other fast-paced conditioning can easily send that number over 1,000 in a single workout. You’ll also be able to throw a punch if you really, absolutely, unavoidably have to.
Swimmers at the Olympics = lean, sculpted and sexy. No other workout burns calories, boosts metabolism, and firms every muscle in your body (without putting stress on your joints) better than swimming. An easy swim burns around 500 calories an hour, while a vigorous effort can blaze 700. And because water is 800 times denser than air, each kick, push, and pull is a mini resistance workout for your entire body. Especially your core, hips, arms, shoulders, and glutes. So in addition to torching calories, you build lean muscle, which ignites your metabolism so that you burn more calories once you’re back in your clothes.
MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)
MMA is a selection of disciplines taken from different Martial Arts. An intensive workout that helps develop flexibility and strength, MMA is guaranteed to push you to your limits both physically and mentally. Two types of Martial Arts worth considering within MMA are Muay Thai – similar to kickboxing as a high intensity stand-up, combat sport based on kicking and punching and Brazilian Ju-Jitsu – a controlled self defence system focusing mainly on grappling and wrestling. Get involved and you’re officially on your way to becoming a bad-ass… just like Meagan, Ashley and Stephanie.
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