The Myth of the Fat Burning Zone

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For years now, we’ve all heard that the best way to lose weight is by slogging through hours of exercise in your so-called “fat burning zone.” But did you know that you can get just as effective a workout for your cardiovascular system, while burning more fat and increasing lean muscle mass, by engaging in just three 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) sessions? Even more than you would by engaging in 5 hour-long sessions of sustained aerobic activity?

Researchers have found that, when HIIT is done at the proper intensity and for the proper length of time, it causes your body to release over 500% more Human Growth Hormone (HGH) for at least 2 hours post-exercise. This hormone is sometimes referred to as the internal fountain of youth, as it promotes fat burning, increases lean muscle mass and strengthens your immune system. Because our HGH levels begin to decline significantly after the age of 30, athletes and celebrities have been known to seek out expensive HGH injections to reap these benefits. However, you can get them naturally by engaging in HIIT sessions just 2-3 times per week.

At Forza Studios we have developed the optimal method for maximizing the benefits of HIIT on our power-meter equipped indoor bikes. Using all the latest research, our 30-minute HIIT cycling sessions are carefully designed to maximize your HGH release while minimizing impact on your joints, due to the non-impact nature of cycling. Because our bikes measure the intensity of your intervals (in watts) there is no guessing whether you are working at the proper intensity,- you can actually see yourself get stronger. Our clients see marked improvement in their overall fitness in as little as two weeks.

Personal Training TRX Workouts are Great for Beginners

Perhaps you’ve seen the telltale black and yellow straps hanging off apparatus at your local gym, or actually observed personal trainers working with clients on these hanging contraptions. You are intrigued, but not quite sure of what is going on. We are here to tell you that what you are witnessing is nothing kinky, but is in fact the most ingenious training system to hit the market since Arnold invented biceps.

The TRX Suspension Training system was invented by a Navy Seal as a tool to allow the Seals to keep in shape when they found themselves in the middle of nowhere. The beauty of the TRX training is that it allows you to develop strength, flexibility, balance and power using just your own body weight as resistance, regardless of your level of fitness or location.

We have TRX workouts for everyone, from beginners to athletes.

Q. They’re just straps, with handles for your hands or feet. What’s so special about that?
A. The “magic” of the TRX is that by attaching your hands or feet to the straps, which are anchored to a point overhead, your body is forced to strongly engage all the stabilizer muscles that run throughout your core. These are tiny muscles that are rarely called into service during normal activity or traditional forms of exercise, but are constantly engaged while performing any exercise with the TRX, therefore building a strong core.

Q. So what kind of exercises do you do on a TRX?
A. Check out this TRX workout at our studio:


Regardless of the class you take, you are in control of how much you want to challenge yourself for each exercise because you can adjust your body position to instantly adapt resistance and help the right muscles work in proper sequence delivering a balanced workout.

Come experience our TRX workouts for beginners firsthand at our Scottsdale TRX studio.