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Poll Results: Which is the Best Workout for Fat Loss?

We asked PT's all over the world the ever burning question: which is the best workout for fat loss? Final poll results here - check it out.

Which is the best workout for fat loss?

The demand for fat loss solutions worldwide is massive and continues to grow.  We all know that exercise plays a huge part in successful fat loss right?  But exactly what kind of workout remains a hot topic amongst PT's the world over.

So we asked you to vote for either:

A 20 minute high intensity workout with an average RPE of 9
A 30 minute moderate intensity workout with an average RPE of 6
A 60 minute low intensity workout with an average RPE of 3



We sent this poll to:


The number of people who clicked through to the poll was 512:

Poll Results

The poll is now closed and the results were as follows:

But there's more to successful fat loss than just the exercise right?

Absolutely!  Here's an email we received while the poll was running: 



What do you think?

If you're in the same boat as Bazyl we'd like to invite you to share your thoughts in the comments section below. This has been hot topic of discussion here at headquarters over the last week so we'd love to hear from you.


Steven says:
Oct 17, 2012 06:45 PM

Hi Jamie,

Bazyl is correct in all of his/her considerations, however, the primary reason for a more benificial result with option A is that operating in the "Fat Burning Zone," as in option C, for the majority of your workout (or workouts) uses body fat as its primary fuel source and therefore, resorts to retaining and storing the same for future efforts. Whilst this reduces your fat stores initially and for extended periods during this type of training, the down side comes when you reduce that type of activity and your metabolism maintains its course. Additionally, that type of training also reduces total heart (and body) mass and conditioning over time. Also, this metabolism action creats the complication of having a greater amount of dangerous lipids transported through the circulatory system with the potential to cause damage over the long term.

Boyd broughton
Boyd broughton says:
Oct 17, 2012 06:46 PM

I agree. Yup there was no option to add all three are effective if they are what the client enjoys enough to repeat often enough to become a habit & behaviour.

janet olla
janet olla says:
Oct 17, 2012 07:00 PM

I absolutely agree with Bazyl. He covered it all when he said "each client is individual"and several factors must be considered.

John Menezies
John Menezies says:
Oct 17, 2012 07:11 PM

None, correct diet is by far the best. All the options are poor cousins.

Lou says:
Oct 17, 2012 11:20 PM

Surely some clients will find they are working at a high intensity at a lower RPM? Therefore Bazyl is right, it's completely individual. What the most voted for option is, is a scientific 'guideline'...

Bulcsu says:
Oct 18, 2012 09:39 AM

hey, i agree as well. The combination of the three alternatives probably the best solution however it all depends on the client abilities and circumstances. Applying high intensity workout with a obese client could not just be detrimental to the client s health but could be a serious demotivator too and considering that as a trainer you want to keep your client, just as much as much you want to keep the sessions effective try to find the right combinations of the above.

Bernie says:
Oct 25, 2012 05:13 AM

I agree with Bazyl re individuality but diet plays the biggest part of losing fat unless you are exercising/training at athlete level continuous.