When he needs to look defined in a hurry, athlete and fitness model CJ Koegel turns to circuit training. “Circuit training is the perfect choice for time-crunched workouts because it allows you to get maximum fat-loss results in a minimum amount of time,” he explains. “It can also be designed to combine cardio and weight training, allowing you to work on all aspects of fitness.”

Jimmy Everett’s Bat Out Of Hell Sprints

Welcome back to junior high! Fitness model Jimmy Everett likes to shake things up by mixing suicide sprints into his program.

Ed Honn’s Hill-Charge Workout

“This is a great no-frills, go-anywhere HIIT workout,” says fitness professional Ed Honn. “Find a hill with a good slope on it that’s maybe 50-150 yards long. Do some warm-ups, then sprint up the hill at 100 percent intensity. It’s gonna hurt. But, hey, you get to jog back to the bottom!”

Katie Miller’s High-Intensity Plyo Circuit

If you want to build stronger legs that look the part, this high-intensity plyometrics leg workout is for you, says bikini competitor Katie Miller. This routine works your fast-twitch muscle fibers and helps your lifting, too. Expect maximum fat burning and maximum fatigue.

Which Cardio Methods Melt Fat The Fastest?

Question is: what are the best methods of aerobic exercise? Is there a perfect way to lose fat through cardiovascular means, and if so, what is it? Aerobic activity by its very nature requires fat to be used as a primary fuel source, with carbohydrates and protein being used to a smaller extent. Therefore it is obvious that in order to lose fat, some degree of aerobic work will need to be done.

Aerobic activities constitute any form of exercise that is repetitive, long, and hard enough to challenge the heart and lungs.

However, the type of aerobic work needed for fat loss is a subject open to much debate. Aerobic activities (typically done at a moderate intensity, although higher intensity aerobics has been shown burn more calories) constitute any form of exercise that is repetitive, long, and hard enough to challenge the heart and lungs to use oxygen as a fuel source to sustain the body over a longer period (15 to 20 minutes or longer).

Aerobic activities can include:

  • Rowing
  • Running
  • Walking
  • Cycling

…and variations on these (the commonality these methods share is that they use the body’s largest muscle groups). The aim of this article is to determine the best forms of aerobic exercise for fat burning, while explaining the reasons why these methods are effective.

4 Fat-Blasting Cardio Workouts

When someone mentions cardio, you may think “necessary evil,” but take a step back and withhold judgment for just a moment. As reluctant as you might be to hop on that treadmill—worried it’ll be boring or that it’ll zap your gains—give cardio a chance. When properly paired with weight training, a good cardio plan will lead you to an ideal world of fat loss and help you carve a great, shapely figure—which, of course, includes great glutes.

The trick is figuring out which movements will put you on the fast path to meeting your goals. Hint: You can kiss mind-numbingly slow walks on the treadmill goodbye. I’ve found four effective movements that will work wonders for your cardio routine. They’re my favorites because they pump some much-needed variety into your workout plan and produce results you’ll love.