What kind of workout is best for burning up fat? Any workout that recruits fast-twitch muscle fiber. But in an attempt to burn stubborn fat, many trainees spend most of their time doing slow-twitch-based workouts, in other words, exercise that recruits only slow-twitch muscle fiber. Not all muscle fiber is alike. There are three types.

Slow-twitch type I: slowest twitch or contraction rate, highly resistant to fatigue. Light to moderate intensity weight lifting, jogging, aerobics classes, steady-state cardio machine sessions, hiking, inline skating, dancing, and gardening.

Fast-twitch type IIa: faster contraction rate, more prone to fatigue. Very intense weight lifting, hard-style martial arts drills, competitive basketball and tennis, sprinting, and rope climbing; exertion that can be sustained for about

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