This high-intensity plyometric variation of the classic pushup is a terrific fat burner which is also great for developing explosive upper body strength.
Start in the pushup position with hands on the floor slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, and toes on the floor approximately shoulder-width apart.
Brace the abdominals and keep them braced throughout the duration of the exercise.
Lower your chest to the floor, ensuring that the hips and shoulders lower in unison (i.e. keep the whole body in a straight line).
Push your body up as fast as possible and as your hands leave the ground, rapidly clap your hands together and return them to their original position on the floor, catching your body before it falls.
Repeat for as many repetitions as possible.
If you want to build lean muscle mass for a strong, toned body and a faster metabolism, your first instinct may be to increase your protein portions. However, research out of the University of Texas shows that the body uses smaller servings more efficiently.
Experts have discovered that only the first 30g of dietary protein in a meal produces protein. That’s about 100g of chicken, fish, beef, dairy or say. The rest can end up as glucose or fat.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
250g sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
Olive oil or canola oil spray
1 onion, finely chopped
300g jar tomato and basil pasta sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
100g baby spinach leaves
400g can chunk-style tuna in brine, drained
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons shaved parmesan cheese
Cook the risoni, potato and sweet potato in a large saucepan of boiling water for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, spray a non-stick frying pan with oil and heat. Add onion and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until soft. Add pasta sauce, vinegar and sugar. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until thickened slightly. Drain risoni and vegetables and return to the saucepan. Add spinach, tuna and pasta sauce mixture, and cook over low heat until heated through. Season with ground black pepper and serve topped with Parmesan.
Energy 458 cal (1915 cal)
Using this variation of the chin-up is a great way to maximize the efficiency of your workouts by combing core strength work with a traditional resistance training exercise!
Start with your hands approximately 12 inches apart on a chin-up bar, maintaining a straight line between your hands and your knees, with your knees bent at a 90 degree angle behind your body.
Begin the exercise by pulling yourself up with your arms while simultaneously raising your knees up towards your chest.
At this point, your chin should be just above the bar with your knees tucked in at the chest.
From this position, lower your body from the bar and your knees from your chest in a controlled manner, returning to the initial position.
Attention all females: Weight training will not make you bulk up!
Unless you are taking vast amounts of steroids, it is physically and genetically impossible for females to produce enough testosterone to make significant gains in muscle mass. Men who lift weights bulk up because they produce between 10 and 30 times more testosterone than women! In fact, strength training will help you slim down. Here’s why:
- An average woman who participates in strength training twice a week for 8 weeks can expect to gain 1kg of muscle, while losing 1.5kg of fat. Muscle tissue is four times as dense as fat tissue, which means that 1kg of fat takes up four times as much space as 1kg of muscle.
- For each kilogram of muscle you gain, you’ll burn between about 300 and 400kJ more per day due to the increase in your basal metabolic rate. This means that even while you do nothing, you’re burning more energy!