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How do you get the "afterburn effect" during workouts?

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The afterburn effect cannot be achieved during a workout. This effect occurs after an intense workout has been completed. In order to trigger this, the workout must be long and intense, causing the body to continue burning calories throughout the day, even after the workout is over.

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The afterburn effect, also known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, causes a higher sustained metabolic rate. This is what leads more calories to be burned continuously throughout the day. The afterburn effect occurs when exercise is performed at 70 to 85 percent of an individual's maximum heart rate. The benefits of the afterburn effect are even more apparent after longer periods of exercise that last up to 60 minutes or more.

High-intensity interval training has also been found to induce the afterburn effect. In some cases it has been shown to produce a greater effect than traditional workout regimens. One high-intensity workout is the Tabata Protocol, which uses a style of interval training that works using a 20-second burst of vigorous exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest continuously for four minutes. The afterburn effect can also be experienced after doing resistance training that is performed at a fast pace and a high intensity.

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