Want to start working out and lose weight but don’t know where to start? Between HIIT, cardio vs. strength, the cult followings of CrossFit and SoulCycle, it can be easy to get lost in trying to find the “best” workout for weight loss.
The good news is that most advice for an effective weight loss workout plan is pretty simple: Move more, build strength, and get your heart rate elevated. Luckily, that’s all combined in this weight loss workout plan for beginners.
First, here’s an 11-exercise strength training workout—demonstrated by Karolina Duncan, a New York City-based certified personal trainer and health coach—that’ll build lean muscle, helping you move toward a healthy body composition. “Each total-body strengthener sculpts muscle fibers you’ve probably never reached before,” says New York City celebrity trainer Justin Gelband, who designed this weight loss workout plan. Try to do the workout twice a week. If it’s getting too easy, bump up the weight, add weight to bodyweight moves, or add more sets or reps. (See: The Basics of Sets, Reps, and Weight If You’re New to Strength Training)
Do cardio three times a week (your choice!) to get your heart rate elevated. Consider opting for a mix of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts, which are great for weight loss, and long-intensity steady-state (LISS) workouts, which will help you build endurance.
Of course, diet matters too: Check out our Clean-ish Eating Challenge which will help you build healthy eating habits and focus on whole foods.
How it works: Do each move for the indicated number of reps. If you’re not feeling the burn after one round, do it again. To use this routine as part of a weight-loss workout plan, also add in three cardio sessions a week.