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The only 4 moves you need for a fat burning HIIT workout

The only 4 moves you need for a fat burning HIIT workout

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Ramp up the intensity and the insanity. This fat burning HIIT workout will get your heart beating out of your chest in a matter of minutes. Do a small warm up before doing these HIIT moves and prepare to get sweaty. Fat burning HIIT workout // The PumpUp Blog

Plank jacks to hip dips

Plank jacks gif // The PumpUp Blog

Begin in a raised plank position, with your shoulders in line with your wrists. Lower each forearm down to the floor, maintaining the plank. While you're in the low plank, drop your hips down to one side of the mat, then twist them to the other side. Walk your hands up into starting position and repeat.

Explosive plank jump-ins with push-ups

Explosive plank jump ins gif // The PumpUp Blog

Begin in a raised plank and lower your body into a wide stance push-up. Upon raising your body back to start position, promptly jump both of your feet towards your forearms, then jump them back into plank. Repeat.

Squat jump pulses

Squat jump pulses // the PumpUp Blog

Pulse down into a squat and jump straight up into the air. Land softly, and go back into a squat before you jump up again. Repeat.

Wall walks to push-ups

wall walks to push-ups (HIIT gif) // The PumpUp Blog

Begin with your hands planted firmly on the ground, feet resting next to a wall. Slowly walk your hands toward the wall and walk your feet up the wall, until your body makes a 45 degree angle. Bring your body back down into a plank position and do a push-up. Repeat.

Loved this fat burning HIIT workout by PumpUp member @jatie and @xogingy? Let us know in the comments below! What are your favorite fat burning HIIT moves?

Fruit does NOT make you fat

This is a post by Ashley Hampton (PumpUp: @rawincollege), a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog.

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Finally putting the fruit controversy to rest, I am going to tell you why fruit is so beneficial for you and your body and why fruit does not make you fat!! After doing some research, I found a general consensus that people who eat more fruit on a daily basis have lower BMIs. Think about it this way—if you swap your regular morning muffin for an apple every day, you would save about 135,000 calories in one year alone! Isn’t that amazing?! Making small swaps like this will absolutely help you achieve your long-term goals. I am not saying to change your entire diet overnight—taking baby steps towards a healthier lifestyle will help you keep it up forever! It is all about quality and quantity on a raw vegan diet—fruit calories are packed with water, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. This means NO restriction!

Just to put things into perspective for you:

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I included the image above to give you a visual understanding of why you never feel full after eating a donut that is high in calories– those calories are not nutrient dense! The calories in processed foods do not give your body what it needs to thrive and properly function throughout the day, therefore sending your brain messages that you need more—now it is up to you to give your body what it truly needs. The endless nutritious components of fruits and veggies allow you to consume as much as you desire while constantly feeding your cells with what they need to survive.

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Fruits and veggies do not only benefit the inside of your body, but they also help you to flush out toxins, radiate from within, and give you the energy that you need to get through your busy day. The antioxidants in fruits, for example, even out skin pigmentation and improve circulation giving you that desired “natural glow.” Fruits and veggies also fight off free radicals that could lead to diseases such as skin and lung cancer. I could truly go on and on about the benefits of this lifestyle but for now just remember to start making small changes that could eventually overhaul your life and your health inside-out.

Check out more from Ashley at rawincollege.com and find her on the pumpupapp @rawincollege!

Lifting myth: Once you stop training your muscles turn into fat

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This is part of a series of posts by Jennifer (@liftingfairy on PumpUp), a bikini competitor. Check out her blog here. 

You may or may not have been told that once you stop exercising, your muscles turn into fat. But is this actually true? Sure, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronnie Coleman no longer have their former physiques, but are they really ‘fat’ 

I’ll admit that they don’t look that fit. Maybe a bit flabby. But it is scientifically impossible that their muscles turned into fat. Muscles and fat are two completely different substances. That’s like saying ’ I will turn my fat into muscles’ it just doesn’t work like that!

I will explain to you what actually happens.

Let’s take the example of a man who eats a lot of calories to his body the nutrients that it needs to build a certain amount of muscles. While he is still training, his muscles also allow him to burn more calories each day. This helps him to stay fairly lean. However, if he stops training— for whatever the reason might be—and maintains his former eating habits, his body will not only lose the extra calorie-burn from his workouts, but also the extra burn from his muscle mass.

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Now you can say that he is going to turn into a little fluffy ball because if he keeps eating the same way, he will lose muscles and gain fat. But he won’t be turning his muscles into fat. That’s what people keep misunderstanding.

Muscles are breaking down because they are no longer needed. Your body will, however, gain fat, if you have the same caloric intake as before. But you won’t turn into a flabby ball if you take a little break from your sports. If you stop training you will certainly lose muscle tissue, but if you also reduce your caloric intake you won’t gain fat. 

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According to a study, strength and muscle mass are generally maintained for up to 4 hours of no training. In my experience, I’ve seen drop-offs in my strength within seven days without training. However, I never experienced major muscle loss within two or even three weeks out of the gym.

If you are afraid of losing too much strength or muscle when you are on vacation, just do a full-body-core workout like push-ups, planks, pull-ups, squats, lunges or go for a run at the beach.

This is part of a series of posts by Jennifer, a bikini competitor from Luxembourg. Check out her blog and follow her on PumpUp @liftingfairy and on Instagram @lifting_fairy.

Dump the Scale

Although this might sound a bit extreme, too often people find themselves trapped to the number they see on the scale. For some people, the scale is a means of self-torture. How many times have you stepped on the scale first thing in the morning, and let the number determine how you feel for the rest of the day? In reality, the numbers on the scale don’t mean that much.

Firstly, we have hormones. For women, weight varies throughout the month based solely on hormone levels. Because our hormones change so frequently, it can be quite challenging to get an accurate scale reading.

Secondly, bloating is something that affects both men and women. Although men don’t experience hormonal changes on a monthly basis like women – both sexes can be equally affected by dietary factors. Take for example – sodium. When we ingest high amounts of sodium (in english terms – foods with a high salt content) our body has to try and balance itself with water. In order to dilute high levels of sodium, the body will retain fluids. This is a common cause of bloating and why you might see higher numbers on the scale.

Lastly – and frankly one of the most important points of all – scales tell you nothing about body composition. Muscle is approxmately 18% more dense than fat, so it weighs more. The same weight of muscle can take up half the amount of space as fat. That’s why we can lose inches and change our body shape but see almost no change on the scale. A much simpler way to judge “weight loss”, or more significantly, whether or not you are changing your body, is by how your clothing fits. If you find your jeans are less snug or your t-shirts feel looser then you know you are doing a good job!

Don’t live your life chained to a scale. Our weight naturally changes throughout the course of the day from simply eating and drinking. If you drink more water one day, you might be up 2 pounds. If you sweat a lot when you exercise, you can be down a pound. Focus on exercising and eating right and your body will settle itself to a natural point.