unconventional is my conventional...fit tips.

Get off the elliptical trainer.

The elliptical is mindless and by far the least effective machine for fat loss, It uses momentum, not muscle force. Most people don't use enough resistance. This machine may increase your heart rate and sweat level, but to burn fat using one, you'll need to exercise for 45 to 60 minutes and vary your levels of intensity and resistance. The elliptical machine is best for warming up before weight lifting or rehabilitating injured body parts. If you can watch television or read while doing cardio, you're not working hard enough, and therefore not burning fat.

Don't sweat it.

Sweat is your body's way of regulating your rising temperature, not a clear sign of increased calorie burn or an intense workout. In the sauna, you'll sweat buckets, but you aren't burning fat. The best indicator of calorie burn is either heart rate or Rate of Perceived Exertion. RPE is a self-reported scale that determines intensity; it ranges from 1 (complete rest) to 10 (maximum effort). High intensity exercise—such as my H.I.G.T interval training—increases your heart rate, which equals more fat burn. So, don't aim solely for a sweaty workout. Go for an intense one.


The Get-Up is one of the best kept secrets in the fitness industry, It's one of the most functional exercises [meaning it trains your body for real-life situations], yet the majority of gym-goers have never heard of it. You move from lying down, up to a standing position, and back down, all while holding a weight above your head. Start with 10- to 20-pound weights. The Get-Up integrates all joints and muscles in one sequence, It increases your whole body's strength, stability, balance and flexibility.