Faran Cooper, central London fitness expert and Pilates specialist suggests the best way to burn fat around the belly to create a ‘bikini-ready’ body is to combine HIIT and dynamic Pilates.
High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT for short, has been scientifically proven as the fastest way to burn adipose fat tissue and increase your metabolic rate. HIIT combines short bursts of high intensity excercises, like squat jumps for example, for up to 1 minute with a short rest period in between.
When clients want fast results, I give them a 30- minute HIIT session with an hour of my dynamic mat Pilates straight after to increase flexibility, strength and to lengthen and tone the body from head to toe.
‘For stronger, leaner abdominal muscles focus on all the muscles in your mid-section, not just the obvious ones. Try a Pilates side plank for 30 seconds then do 5 ‘side-bends’ and then add a few push-ups at the end to really drive those results home. Repeat three to four times on each side for optimum results.’
By combining both disciplines at least 3x a week, eat a mostly protein/veg diet and cut out sugar and you could easily see results in four weeks.
Remember ladies, always have a goal in mind that you are trying to work towards to focus your mind during your workouts.