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5 Little-Known Metabolism-Boosting Workouts

I've been obsessed lately with five different forms of workouts—workouts that some people might call "woo woo,” but that really do get me a lot of bang for my buck.

By
Ben Greenfield,
July 4, 2016
Episode #293

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Here’s the deal: I’ve been in the fitness industry for two decades. From bodybuilding splits to power lifting to all different forms of stretching to strongman training and beyond, I’ve seen plenty of workouts come and go.

Some work pretty well and, well, some don't. but when it comes to workouts and workout modalities that fly under the radar, I've been obsessed lately with five different forms of workouts—workouts that some people might call "woo woo,” but that really do get me a lot of bang for my buck.

Why do I like to experiment with different workout protocols so much? The answer is simple: when it comes to throwing a curveball at your body, the best workout is often the one that you're not currently doing because it exposes your lungs, legs, and more to new forms of stimulus. It forces your body to burn more calories and to get more fit by doing things it's not used to doing.

So in no particular order of importance here are my five latest ways to boost your metabolism with new workouts.

1. Treadmill Packhikes

I like this workout because it is mentally simple but deceptively difficult. Here's how works: find whichever treadmill at the gym or at your home that will go to the highest possible incline. Next, put on a backpack and put a sandbag, a dumbbell, a kettle bell, or any other heavy object in the backpack. For women, I recommend 20 to 30 pounds for a starting weight. For men, I recommend 40 to 60 pounds for a starting weight. It's pretty simple from there: simply start one game and walk as hard and as fast at a steep incline as possible for 15 to 30 minutes. That's it. You will be amazed at how deceptively difficult this is… even more difficult than running without the type of biomechanical discomfort, jostling, and impact that running can sometimes create.

2.  Kundalini Yoga

At the risk of any yogi that is reading this article absolutely cringe, I would roughly define kundalini yoga as a form of yoga that involves intense breath work, lots of fast movements, meditation with your eyes closed, and a big focus on energy moving up and down your spine. I'm now using it for everything—from recharging my body at the beginning or at the end of the day, stepping into airport bathrooms and closing the door to do quick 5 to 10 minute routines, and doing full-blown 30-90 minute routines in a hot sauna. I really dig this form of yoga because it opens up the lungs, earns a bunch of calories, gets a bunch of blood flowing, and frankly, makes you feel like 1 million bucks when you finish. Here's a link to a podcast that I recorded that goes into the nitty-gritty details. But ultimately, if you haven't yet tried this form of yoga, you definitely need to add it to your repertoire.

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