EXERCISE / BODY-TYPE INFO
You are a Mesomorph on a fat loss programme. Fortunately your body-type can lose fat easily as well as maintain muscle, due to having a good mix of both slow and fast twitch muscle fibre, with the majority being fast twitch. Therefore the focus for your body-type on a fat loss goal is split evenly into two components.
Firstly, resistance training helps to maintain muscle tissue, which keeps your metabolism firing and this in turn helps you to lose fat. The more muscle you have, the more fat you burn. Secondly, cardio work in the form of high intensity interval training helps to increase mitochondria (where fuel is burnt producing energy). The more mitochondria you have, the more fat you burn. High intensity training will also have the effect of increasing your metabolism, which results in burning more calories over the next 24-36 hours. This is why it is important to keep up the frequency of your training sessions, so try not to have than more than one consecutive day off.
The type of movement you will be performing on a fat loss programme will consist of compound exercises. These are big movements which use lots of muscles at once therefore burning more calories, speeding up your metabolism and creating the correct hormonal response (boosting growth hormone and testosterone) We also keep the tempo and intensity of your workout higher and the rest periods shorter than any other goal, for the same reasons as previously mentioned.
At YBP we have researched and created the perfect ratio of resistance and cardio workouts for your body-type on a fat loss goal. We have specified how often to perform these workouts to get the best results. Every month the training concept will change (the concept is the way in which you perform your workouts). Within your concept we have tailored and specified the exact sets, rep ranges, duration, tempo, rest and intensity.
MONTHLY WORKOUT SCHEDULE
Below is our recommended order and number of workouts. Try to stick as close to this as possible. Always keep the order of the workouts the same even if you have to take days off. Ideally do not have more than one day off in a row.
|Day 1||Cardio||Day 15||Cardio|
|Day 2||Workout One||Day 16||Workout Two|
|Day 3||Cardio||Day 17||Cardio|
|Day 4||Rest||Day 18||Rest|
|Day 5||Workout Two||Day 19||Workout One|
|Day 6||Cardio||Day 20||Cardio|
|Day 7||Rest||Day 21||Rest|
|Day 8||Workout One||Day 22||Workout Two|
|Day 9||Cardio||Day 23||Cardio|
|Day 10||Workout Two||Day 24||Workout One|
|Day 11||Rest||Day 25||Rest|
|Day 12||Cardio||Day 26||Cardio|
|Day 13||Workout One||Day 27||Workout Two||Day 14||Rest||Day 28||Rest|
The warm-up is to mobilise and prime your body, it should be specific to the exercise you are about to perform. We recommend 5 mins of gentle cardio to increase body temperature and blood flow to the muscles. Follow this with movements that mimic your exercises but at a slower pace with reduced intensity.
Try our basic warm-up or advanced version with a medicine ball.
RESISTANCE WORKOUT ONE
This concept is called 20/10. It is a type of high intensity interval training. Perform 3 exercises at high intensity for 20 seconds each, with a 10 seconds rest between each exercises. This round is repeated 4 times without stopping. This completes a set. Your programme consists of 4 sets. Rest for 3 minutes in between each set. Remember to keep the weights heavy and challenging to elicit the correct hormonal and metabolic response.
EXERCISE CONCEPT – 20/10
|Exercises in each set||3||Duration of exercise||20 sec||Rest between exercise||10 sec||Rounds||4||Sets||4||Rest between sets||3 min|
Before commencing your workout click here for technique advice on some of the big exercises.
SQUAT — Medicine Ball
Stand feet shoulder width apart and hold a medicine ball to your chest. Bend the knees into a deep squat bringing the ball between the feet, extend the legs and bring the ball to your chest. Squat then extend the legs and press the ball overhead. Bring the ball to your chest and begin again.
AEROBIC / CATERPILLARS
Stand with your feet hip width apart. Bend the knees, reach to the floor and walk your hands forwards as far as possible maintaining core control. Walk the hands back to your feet and stand upright.
LUNGE — Dumbbells
Stand feet hip width apart and hold dumbbells to your side. Lunge backwards until the back knee is just off the floor and both knees are at right angles. Keep the pelvis slightly tucked under and the body upright. Step together and repeat with the same leg.
AEROBIC / SPRINTS
Spring from foot to foot on the spot. Do not raise the knees high, instead make the movement as small and fast as possible. Lean the body forward slightly and use the arms in a running action.
Lie on your back with your hands to head. Curl up into a crunch, keep a slight gap under the chin and simultaneously bring your knees to nose. Lower the body as you extend the legs towards the floor.
Begin in a press-up position, hands just wider than shoulder width and arms extended. Engage your core and keep your body in a straight line from head to toe. Bend the arms, elbows flared to the side slightly and lower yourself until your chest is just off the floor. Extend the arms.
SWING — Kettlebell
Stand feet slightly wider than shoulder width and hold a kettlebell in 1 hands. Hinge from the hips with slight knee flexion and swing the bell through the legs maintaining neutral spine, do not round the lower back. Allow the momentum to lift the bell up to shoulder height, do not lift with the arm. Alternate hands at the top of the swing, keep the core engaged.
AEROBIC / PLANK
Place your weight onto your hands and toes, draw your navel to spine and create a straight line through the body. Make sure your hands are underneath your shoulders and maintain neutral spine. Jump the legs apart and together.
Lie face down on the floor with your arms by your side, palms up. Engage your core and raise your upper and lower body off the floor. Simultaneously turn your palms down and draw your shoulder blades down and together. Keep the head in line with the spine. Hold the position.
ROW — Dumbbells
Stand feet hip width apart and hold a dumbbell in each hand. Hinge at the hips with slight knee flexion and bring the torso forwards maintaining neutral spine. Pull with the arms into a row position, elbow flared to the side. Extend the arms.
HAMSTRING CURL — Swiss Ball
Lie on your back with your legs straight, feet on a swiss ball and hips raised. Place your arms by your side for support. Bend the knees as you roll the ball towards you, do not allow the hips to lower. Extend the legs.
PLANK – Swiss Ball
Begin in a plank position with your elbows on a swiss ball. Engage your core, maintain neutral spine and extend through the arms rolling the ball forwards and backwards.
RESISTANCE WORKOUT TWO
Perform this workout with the same exercise concept as workout one.
BRIDGE — Dumbbell / Box
Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet placed onto a box or bench hip width apart and a dumbbell held on your hips. Push through your heels and lift your hips as high as possible (do not roll through the spine). Ensure to contract the glutes. Lower under control.
Begin in a hand plank position with your shoulders over your wrists. Engage your core and draw a knee up to elbow, laterally flexing the torso. Alternate sides.
SQUAT — Kettlebell
Stand feet wide, toes turned out slightly and hold a Kettlebell with both hands. With the arms extended to the floor, bend the knees pressing them outwards into a sumo squat. Extend the legs and raise the kettlebell up to your chest with your elbows raised.
AEROBIC / BUTT KICKERS
Spring from foot to foot on the spot. Bring the foot up to the bottom every time. Use the arms in a running action. Keep the tempo fast.
LUNGE — Dumbbells
Feet together and dumbbells held above you, arms extended. Bring the dumbbells to your shoulders as you step laterally into a side lunge. Heels down, push the bottom back and allow the torso to hinge forwards slightly from the hips. Step together and repeat to the other side.
ROW – Band
Stand in a slight squat position with your shoulders retracted, arms extended and hold the band at chest height. Pull the band towards you with your elbows slightly raised. Draw your shoulder blades down and together then extend the arms.
CHEST PRESS — Swiss Ball / Dumbbells
Support your head and shoulders on a swiss ball and raise your hips. Hold dumbbells above you with your arms fully extended. Inhale as you bend the arms bringing the hands towards the shoulders with your elbows flared to the side and exhale as you extend.
SQUAT — Dumbbells
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and dumbbells in each hand, held to the shoulders. Squat and push through the feet into a high jump, land back into a squat position and continue the movement.
DEADLIFT — Kettlebell
Stand feet shoulder width apart, bend the knees, hinge from the hips and take hold of the kettlebell in both hands. Perform a deadlift by pressing the feet into the ground and straightening the legs. Do not let the lower back round, maintain neutral spine. Lower under control.
LUNGE — Dumbbells
Stand with 1 foot forward and the other foot back behind you with the heel raised. Hold dumbbells in both hands. Lower into a lunge position until the back knee is just off the floor and both knees are at right angles. Keep the pelvis slightly tucked under so you do not over arch the lower back. Straighten the legs.
Sit upright, maintain neutral spine and raise the legs with the knees bent. Lean the body backwards slightly and lift the chest. With the arms extended in front of you, lower the torso to the floor and extend the legs until they are in inch off the floor. Return to the starting position, shoulder back, chest lifted.
Begin in a press-up position, hands just wider than shoulder width and feet together. Perform a press-up then take 2 step laterally, using the opposite hand to leg. Repeat the press-up and reverse the lateral move.
The cardio workout is split into 3 sections: Pre-Intervals, the lactic acid removal phase and Post-Intervals. You can use any piece of cardio equipment such as the cross trainer, treadmill, rower, bike or skipping rope. You can also combine equipment rather than performing the entire workout on one machine. If you are training at home then take a look at the videos below and choose a combination of cardio exercises to perform.
Pre-Intervals – perform the required number of intervals. The sprint phase should be performed at 100%, the highest intensity possible and the rest phase should be performed at a low intensity to recover. For example on a cross-trainer increase the speed for the sprint phase then bring it back down on the rest phase, allowing you to recover. When using a treadmill you may actually jump off the machine during the rest phase as it takes too long to slow down, therefore your rest phase may be a complete rest.
Lactic acid removal phase – work at a consistent pace, but to the maximum intensity possible (you should not be able to hold a conversation) yet able to sustain it for the required length of time. The time is stated in minutes below the first table.
Post-Intervals – perform the intervals again with the same format as the first section. Enjoy!
|Number of Intervals||Sprints||Rest|
|8||20 sec||40 sec|
|Lactic Acid Removal Phase - 14 minutes|
|8||20 sec||40 sec|
|Total Workout Time - 30 minutes|
This video shows examples of cardio exercises to use when performing the sprint phase of your interval training. Choose one thats suits your level.
This is the recovery phase. Choose from marching on the spot, an easy jog or a combination of the two.
Hold each position for 1 minute and increase the length of time on particularly tight muscles.
GLUTES & BACK
Lie on your back with your arms stretched out wide, take one knee across your body and apply gentle pressure drawing the knee towards the floor.
Lie on your back and place your foot onto the opposite knee. Press the top knee outwards as you clasp the underneath leg and draw it towards you.
Sit back onto your heels and simultaneously reach your hands forward with your forehead resting on the floor.
Lie prone (on your front) and place your hands beneath your shoulders. Press into the floor, straighten your arms and raise your body.
In a half kneeling position tuck your pelvis under, squeeze your glutes and press your hips forward.
Draw your foot towards your bottom. Squeeze your glutes, tuck your pelvis under and keep your knees together.
HAMSTRINGS & CALF
Raise your foot onto a surface and lean your body forward. Flex the foot bringing the toe towards you.
Lean into a wall, extend the back knee and press the heel into the floor. Ensure both feet are in a parallel position.
Place one foot behind the other and reach the same arm (as back leg) overhead. To increase the stretch lean laterally.
Place your hands together and reach forward. Drop your head between your arms and curve your upper back.
Place your forearm onto a wall, creating right angles at the shoulder and elbow joints. Apply pressure into the wall and turn your torso away.
Take one arm overhead and bend at the elbow. Apply pressure with the opposite hand and keep the head raised.
Use this section to replace specific exercises in your programme which do not work for you. This may be due to not having the correct equipment, the exercise being too challenging / not challenging enough, or possibly due to an injury. Click on the links below to find alternative exercises for the same body part or movement.