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In this article, we will talk about the best gym machines to lose belly fat. You will learn what the best way to fry your gut, and unravel that six-pack you have been hiding under it for years is. Let's go!
The Spot Fat Reduction Dilemma
Yes, you have heard it all before, targeted fat burning isn't real. Our bodies have developed an energy storing system, and that didn't happen overnight, it took millions of years. So thinking about how you can hack evolution just by using gym machines in a new way is not very smart.
To lose belly fat, you need to start losing weight. And to lose weight, you need two things—a good diet, and an exercise plan.
However, although targeting belly fat is not possible, there are many machines in your gym that will help you lose belly fat, and also fat stored on other parts of your body. We will discuss those in our next section.
Cardio Machines—The Best Way To Burn Fat At The Gym
The whole purpose of cardio equipment is to build up cardiovascular fitness and burn fat. Therefore, if you want to get fit and be healthy, you need cardio.
Play around the gym and try every exercise machine available. Sure, the treadmill works excellent and will burn the most calories. But if you hate running, or have injuries, that might not be ideal.
Try stationary bikes, stair master, rowing machine, or even the elliptical trainer. Every type of aerobic exercise will get your heart rate up, and the sweat will start dropping, while the fat will fry.
Or, if you like the treadmill that much, but the injuries prevent you from running, try walking at an incline. It is safe and low impact. Walking or running, it doesn't matter, as long as you stay persistent, those calories will melt.
Just make sure not to grab candy after finishing workouts—you need a caloric deficit, and sweets are nothing but empty calories. If you grab one after training, you basically wasted your effort.
Two Types Of Cardio Training
High-Intensity Interval Training, a.k.a. HIIT is a very popular form of cardio. The intention here is to go for short bursts of all-in, 30 seconds max, followed by exercising twice as long at a milder pace. So you go 30 seconds of heavy, fast cycling, followed by 60 seconds of moderate pace. Repeat that 12-15 minutes.
Exercising this way is not only very challenging and more fun if you are that type of person, but also very efficient. Your cardio session will be over in 15 minutes or less, and you will have all the benefits. In fact, high-intensity training has a significant "afterburner" effect, which means that you will continue melting calories even after you get home.
The downside of HIIT is that it is not for everyone, as it is quite challenging. If you are a complete beginner, have injuries, health issues, or are severely overweight, better pick something less intense.
Steady state cardio is the old-school method of training, and most people at the gym do it this way. You keep the intensity lower, but you go for more extended periods. If you choose steady state, aim for at least 30 minutes, but as you build up endurance, try 45-60, if possible.
The primary benefit of steady state cardio is that it uses fat for fuel. Our bodies save carb reserves for high-intensity activities, so if you go at a lower-pace, it will use fat stores. Therefore, steady state cardio is the best way of all to target fat directly.
The main drawback is that it requires a lot of time. Because you exercise at a slower pace, you are burning fewer calories, and you need to compensate that by staying on the machine for longer. Plus, you don't start burning fat immediately and that's why it is essential not to give up too soon.
Out of all gym machines, cardio equipment works best for fat loss. So alongside a healthy diet, do cardio, and your fat will vanish.
But, to make sure you don't lose muscle, you should strength train too. Increasing muscle mass is another excellent way to burn even more calories, but indirectly.
Also, some big muscle groups such as legs burn enormous amounts of calories as you exercise them. Therefore, gym machines like the leg press are a great option to hit as much muscle as possible. So try to incorporate both strength training, cardio, and proper nutrition, that is the only way to get fit and healthy. And as long as you regularly do cardio, any kind of gym machine will do a great job.