3 Types of Fat Burning Workouts

What type of cardio is best for burning fat? More importantly, what type of cardio is best for burning fat and keeping it off? Well, to be honest, expecting all of your fat loss goals to be fulfilled by your cardio routine alone is a little too much to ask. The best results come from a combination of resistance training, cardio, and good nutrition.

Assuming that those other things are in check, let's talk about cardio workouts. There are basically 3 types of cardio workouts:

  • Circuit Training
  • Interval Training, and
  • Slow, Steady State Cardio

Personally, I prefer the first two types. This is not only because I think they're the most beneficial, but also because I think that they are the most enjoyable. It's not that I've never enjoyed going on a jog, it's just that I find that interval training and circuit training are more appealing to me.

Some people enjoy going on a long run, or using the stair stepper for half an hour at a steady pace. If that's what you like to do then by all means, do it. It makes me happy to see people enjoying the workouts that they do.

Yes, Interval Training and Circuit Training are difficult, but the challenge is what makes it fun. It's hard to explain. Somehow the effort of pushing through the pain is enjoyable. And the benefits of these types of training are numerous. They are basically hybrids of traditional cardio and resistance training. There are some benefits of both such as:


  • A fair amount of calories burned while exercising
  • Increased lung capacity
  • Slower resting heart rate

Resistance Training

  • A fair amount of calories burned while recovering
  • Increased production of muscle building hormones such as growth hormone

There are many different thoughts when it comes to fat burning workouts. One is that a slow and steady cardio workout is best for burning fat as long as it is done for at least 15 or so minutes. Another is that interval training is the only way to go.

Interval training is where you work really hard for a small time, rest and then work really hard again for anywhere from 20 minutes down to 2, depending on how hard you work. Circuit training is also a great way to get your heart rate up without over taxing the muscular system.

While circuit training and interval training are my favorite, I do think there are benefits to slow, steady state cardio. I just don't think it needs to be performed very often. As long as you're doing the other two on a regular basis. The fat burning workout that I created for this article combines all 3 types of fat burning workouts into one super fat burning workout.

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About Jake Long
In late 2014, Jake co-founded FitnessJunkies.com with his brother Ryan. Jake is a NASM certified personal trainer and has been blogging on health and fitness since 2011 when he started JakesHomeWorkouts.com.