Are you doing the right exercise for your health and fitness goals?
Let's take a look at aerobic vs anaerobic exercise and which style is the best for your needs.
What is aerobic and anaerobic exercise?
Aerobic exercise, you might think of Olivia Newton John's 'Let's Get Physical', women with 80’s leg warmers and leotards when you hear the word ‘aerobic’, but there’s more to aerobic exercise than bad perms! Aerobic exercise, meaning 'oxygen' is what we now call ‘cardio’ exercises, any movement that uses big muscle groups, with oxygen giving your body energy and helping to burn fat and carbs. Aerobic exercise helps keep your heart, lungs, and circulatory system healthy.
Anaerobic exercise on the other hand is fuelled by energy stored in muscles (glucose converted into energy), because your body is demanding more oxygen than it can supply. These are your short bursts of high intensity exercise, that targets specific muscle groups to burn carbohydrates.
Anaerobic exercises, such as weightlifting or sprinting, involve quick bursts of energy and are performed at maximum effort for a short period time. Unlike aerobic exercises which you perform for a sustained period of time.
To work aerobically, you need to get your heart rate up between 60 to 80 per cent of your maximum heart rate and to move into the anaerobic zone, between 80 - 90 per cent of your maximum heart rate.
Examples of our Aerobic exercises
Bike Rower Zumba Piloxing
Examples of our Anaerobic exercises Functional Training
Which type should I do?
Guess what? Both types of exercises burn fat.
Both boost the metabolism that will last for hours after the workout. The key to getting the best results is to have a workout that incorporates both.
Aerobic exercise increases your endurance and cardiac health while anaerobic exercise will not only help you burn fat but also help you gain lean muscle mass.
Many of our group classes incorporate both exercises. Aerobic and anaerobic segments are placed in perfect balance to give you maximum fat burning benefits.