Saturday, September 6, 2014

Effective Training in Less Time

We all seem to be chronically short on time. Recent studies have shown that High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is twice as effective as sustained moderate intensity workouts. With HIIT, you can get an effective cardio workout in less time. For example, you can choose to do 20 minutes of HIIT instead of 60 minutes of jogging. That is good news for the time-challenged. Be aware, these studies have been done with young, healthy populations. More studies are needed before the format can be recommended for all populations.

HIIT means working very hard for a few minutes with rest periods between sets. You should be a little out of breath after each interval. For example, you might sprint for 1 minute and jog for 2 minutes, then repeat. Or you might do squat jumps for 20 seconds and move side to side for 10 seconds, then repeat.

When compared with a jogging exercise routine, those doing interval training have doubled their endurance, improved their oxygen use and strength by more than 10% and their speed by at least 5%. Intense bursts of activity are precisely what the body needs to build stronger muscles. These intensity intervals help the body to convert one type of muscle fiber to another type that uses oxygen more efficiently and is capable of exercising longer. HIIT creates a higher metabolism that can last for several hours afterward. The body will continue to burn fat and calories during this time.

You have the opportunity to try some High Intensity Interval Training at the Back to School Boot Camp. The group had a great time this week exercising with partners and moving through the circuit. Join us next week or look for new Boot Camp dates in October and November.

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