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    So I'm a dude, but my girlfriend is looking to accelerate her fat burning in conjunction with training. Normally, I'd recommend staying away from steady state cardio and doing Tabata or HITT sessions (sprints, bike circuits, etc.), but I heard that this doesn't work as well with women. Not sure why (something to do with cortisol release I think). Can any women attest to this or offer any advice? Much apprec'd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samurai Bro View Post
    So I'm a dude, but my girlfriend is looking to accelerate her fat burning in conjunction with training. Normally, I'd recommend staying away from steady state cardio and doing Tabata or HITT sessions (sprints, bike circuits, etc.), but I heard that this doesn't work as well with women. Not sure why (something to do with cortisol release I think). Can any women attest to this or offer any advice? Much apprec'd.
    I know girls that had good results with HIIT ...
    As for my self, when time comes for me to do cardio, it's 40 min of 'steady pace'....
    Different coaches will say different things....
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    My wife does 30-45 min of kickboxing and bag work. When we have her do bag work, it is 20 sec of alternating strikes on and off for 10 min. We also use hill sprints and sled work at the end of leg days.

    All of this is fantastic for HIIT and really gets things kicked into overdrive. Obviously the kickboxing isn't HIIT, but the bag work portion is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kisaj View Post
    My wife does 30-45 min of kickboxing and bag work. When we have her do bag work, it is 20 sec of alternating strikes on and off for 10 min. We also use hill sprints and sled work at the end of leg days.

    All of this is fantastic for HIIT and really gets things kicked into overdrive. Obviously the kickboxing isn't HIIT, but the bag work portion is.
    Awesome. I didn't even think about something like that. I believe the've got a punching bag and a speed bag at our gym, so this could work. Thanks for the quick replies.
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    I got my wife started on HIIT to prep for her Army PT test, and she blew it out of the water. She's starting to see muscle definition in her back and shoulders, and only does LISS once in a great while. And she didn't start HIIT until about 6 months ago. Before that, after our son was born she would do 30 - 45 mins. of LISS and wasn't seeing much happen as far as weight loss. Now she's seen more positive changes in her physique in the last 6 months than she did in a year and half before that, and only 15- 20 mins. of HIIT. Hope that helps.
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    Another thought is KB swings. Through the legs and then up overhead. 20 reps and then rest for 60sec. Trust me, we do these in my muay thai warmups and they kick your ass in about 5 min.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kisaj View Post
    Another thought is KB swings. Through the legs and then up overhead. 20 reps and then rest for 60sec. Trust me, we do these in my muay thai warmups and they kick your ass in about 5 min.
    I actually just ordered one. There's a few with different weights at my gym, but I think it'll be a great tool to have at home. I'm somewhat familiar with them and can remember how good of workout you can get. Looking forward to breaking that bad boy in.
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