Fast-track fit tips

Last night I finally finished going over the edits of my forthcoming book, The Complete Idiots Guide to Losing 20 Pounds in 2 Months Fast Track Diet (how is that for a mouthful?), and in between the time it was submitted to the publisher and the time I got it back, I forgot some of what I’d included. It was surreal, like reading a book written by someone else.

The book is scheduled to be released in February (I know this because I was stalking myself on Amazon). I’m psyched! I’ve written bits and pieces of other books (in fact, here’s one — Fit Not Fat at 40-Plus —  no, I don’t get royalties and yes, my name is not listed as an author) before but this is the first one that’s all me. Wootwoot!

Here are two sneak-peek workout tips from the book, which includes also a detailed diet plan and coaching on how to fast-track weight loss:

  1. For the ultimate combo in fat-loss and muscle-toning, do resistance training in circuits, working one body part and then another. With my training clients who are focused on fat loss I like to work two or four body parts in a circuit (for example, legs, chest, and core). This keeps your body busy by shunting fuel to one muscle group and then another, burning more calories.
    Plus, it cuts gym time — which makes it a perfect plan for hectic schedules.
  2. Add intervals to your cardio workouts. Go fast then slow, or on machines alternate light resistance with heavy. Or take a class that has intervals built in (most do!). Mix it up! Keep your body guessing. Here’s an article I wrote for the paper about countering treadmill dread – not only will it cut the time you’re in the gym and add variety to your workout, it’ll blast a lot more calories.
Wendy Watkins

About Wendy Watkins

Wendy Watkins is a Bangor-based personal trainer, fitness coach, studio owner, and writer/editor. She is the author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Losing 20 Pounds in 2 Months. Visit her website at