Squats and Bench Presses May Burn More Fat"Experts." They're quick to prescribe long bouts of cardio to burn fat. But how many of them ever recommend heaping servings of squats, bench presses and power cleans?
Not enough, say Ohio University researchers, who recently discovered that an intense circuit-training program consisting of the aforementioned multi-joint exercises may outperform cardio in the fat-burning department by accelerating the rate at which your body burns calories for two full days following exercise.
Specifically, Dr. M.D. Schuenke and colleagues discovered that just 31 minutes of an intense resistance-exercise program consisting of four circuits of bench presses, power cleans and squats, provided the trainees a significant metabolic boost that lasted 48 hours after the workout.
"The duration and magnitude of the EPOC (post-exercise oxygen consumption) observed in this study indicates the importance of future research to examine a possible role for high-intensity resistance training in a weight-management program for various populations," write the researchers.
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