The most common mistakes to burn fat and build muscle

Most people who go to the gym have two main physical goals: to burn fat and build muscle. And yet, many fail without knowing exactly why. Celebrity trainer Don Saladino explains what is possibly the most common mistake.

Sometimes it’s maddening. You go to the gym regularly, you do your exercises diligently, and yet the results leave a lot to be desired. One often wonders why fat burning and muscle building plateau, ie no physical changes are noticeable. Where this error? That’s the number one question desperate gym-goers ask famed trainer Don Saldino. In a YouTube video, he gives a very simple answer as to why that might be.

Don’t forget the legs!

According to Don Saldino, who helped Hollywood greats like Hugh Jackman achieve impressive physiques, the main problem is sloppy leg training. Because most people are so focused on their upper body that they often don’t train their legs at all. Also, many people think cardio is enough for the legs, so why spend more time on leg exercises? But that is exactly the biggest mistake and one of the main reasons fat burning and muscle building stalls in many amateur athletes.

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Leg training is not resistance training

“Leg training is not the same as running, cardio, biking, stepping or whatever,” fitness trainer Don Saldino says in his YouTube video. You have to specifically challenge your legs with resistance exercises, i.e. strength training. Because that ensures a higher basal metabolic rate of calories in the body. And that means strength training burns more fat and calories than cardio alone. “So remember, when you train your legs, you get that fat-burning effect that is very difficult to achieve with resistance training,” advises Saldino.

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Leg training strengthens the abdominal muscles.

But if you train your legs, you not only increase fat burning, but also muscle building in general. In particular, it is ideal for strengthening the abdominal muscles. Because leg training is usually very intense, it requires strong body tension. “You get one of the best abdominal workouts by working your lower body muscles,” says the expert.

The most effective leg exercises.

  • Squats (squats with or without weight on the back)
  • Goblet Squats (squats with a kettle bed on the chest)
  • dead weight
  • Lunges (with or without dumbbells)
  • split squats

According to physical trainer Don Saldino, not everyone needs to do all of these exercises. Instead, you should try what works best for you. “I’m not saying that everyone should put a barbell on their back and squat with it,” but rather that you can squat with no weight or with a kettlebell resting with both hands on your chest (goblet squat).

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Saldino also has a simple explanation for why squats are healthy: After all, you squat every day when you sit on the toilet bowl. Therefore, it is good if we train the muscles required for this with a corresponding movement sequence, such as with the squat.


At least one leg workout per week.

Therefore, the advice of the famous trainer Saldino to burn fat better and build muscle more effectively is very simple: “Bottom line: train your leg muscles at least once a week.” he can do it the next day he can’t walk anymore. Instead, you should start slowly to strengthen your legs and also make sure you have good mobility. And successes come naturally. “You could lose weight. The abs could come out better. And you become much stronger,” Saldino sums up the effects. In the long term, this not only ensures a better appearance, but also greater well-being.

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