Finding the perfect workout is about balance. Whether you’re just trying to stay fit, gain lean muscle, or lose weight you need to find a program that incorporates both strength training and cardio. At Project Rise, we offer a variety of workouts aimed to help you gain strength, flexibility, mobility, and stamina while burning as many calories as possible. We’ve got workouts that utilize both cardio and strength training for the optimal, long-lasting calorie burning effect.
Strength training vs. cardio training
There’s a general misconception that if you want to burn calories, you need to focus on heavy cardio workouts. However, when you do a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) session or lift weights, you will kick calorie burning into high gear. The trick is to utilize your muscles to keep burning calories long after you’re done with your workout. Our general philosophy is that when you carry more muscle on your body, you’ll burn more calories, even while at rest.
Building muscle burns more calories
When you go for an hour run, you can probably burn around 500 calories. That’s great. But with cardio, you’re only burning calories as long as you are in motion. Once you stop running, you stop burning calories. Strength training, or HIIT sessions, however, will break down your muscles. When you break down your muscles, they require calories to build themselves up again. That means that after lifting weights, your muscles continue to burn calories so that they can make themselves stronger for the next session. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories they’ll require to build up after you break them down with strength training and weightlifting.
HIIT training in Denver
We have two workout options in every class: Life and Sport. Life is more cardio heavy, with a little weight lifting to build muscle and keep burning those calories. Our sports program is a strength-based conditioning program that focuses on building muscle while adding in some cardio. Talk to our trainers about the best program for you to burn maximum calories and help you reach your athletic or fitness goals.