What is a Body Sculpting Workout?

by Belinda on July 18, 2012

It’s no secret: If you want to sculpt your body, then you need to do two things:

1. Build your muscle. This is where the shaping and sculpting comes into play. If you do the right types of exercises, then you can actually shape and sculpt your body by selectively building and lifting certain muscles. For example, you can lift your butt, create shapelier legs, tone your arms and create those sexy, defined abs.

2. Get rid of fat. You can lift and shape your muscles perfectly, but it’s not going to have much of an effect on your body if you don’t shed the excess fat over these muscles. Indeed, holding extra fat over your body is like wearing loose, bulky clothing – no one can see your beautiful body underneath!

Now in order to meet these two goals of shaping your muscle and shedding the fat, you’ll do two different kinds of workouts. Namely:

1. HIIT (high intensity interval training) (~ 2 times per week).  This is an alternative to steady-state cardio. And it’s better than regular steady-state cardio, because “regular” cardio can strip your muscle over time. Not only does this lower your metabolism, but it also strips away the curves and all the hard sculpting work. You end up left with a saggy, jiggling, shapeless body.

Many people like HIIT because it’s quick, since it just takes 15 minutes or so of alternating high-intensity cardio (like sprinting) with lower-intensity recovery periods (like jogging or walking). But what people LOVE about HIIT are the results – it sheds fat, fast. And it boosts your metabolism for up to 36 hours later, meaning you’re burning calories even while you sleep.

2. Resistance training (~ 3 times per week). You simply cannot sculpt your body if you’re not stimulating your muscles using resistance or bodyweight training.  There are two keys to getting great results:

A. Take a total body approach. Even if you’re primarily interested in shaping one body part, you still need to work out your entire body. Not only does this boost your metabolism, but it gives you a symmetrical, feminine, sexy and strong body shape.

B. Stimulate the muscles from different angles. Some people just go through a full body workout where they do one or two exercises to hit each of the major body parts.  That’s a good start. But if you’re truly interested in sculpting your body, then you need to do Asymmetrical Variance Training, or AVT.

The goal of AVT is to stimulate each muscle group from different angles. This means you do a variety of exercises for each muscle group, with each exercise providing a different range of motion in order to stimulate all the muscle fibers. This really is the key to shaping muscles and sculpting your body.

Bottom line: Whether you’re doing HIIT or resistance training, the key is to challenge yourself.  If you give 100% effort in the gym, you’ll see great results.  Pair these workouts with a great diet, and you’ll finally see what it means to sculpt your body, naturally.

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