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What Is Interval Training And How Good Is It?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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What is interval training and how good is it? Interval training is also called (HIIT) which stands for High Intensity Interval Training. Everybody wants to figure out a way how can they cut their gym or workout time in half. I don’t know one person who wants to live at the gym and spend hours just working out. So, interval training is a way to cut your workout time in half while still being able to accomplish your fitness goals.

If you can accomplish your fitness goals by reducing your workout time, would you, do it? Of course, we all would want to do that because time is a valuable commodity in life and if we can save time in the gym that is a beautiful thing.

Interval training is alternating short bursts of intense activity, (30 seconds) to longer intervals, (1 to 2 minutes) of less intense activity. A good example of this is while you are walking mix bursts of jogging in your walking. If you are jogging mixing some medium sprints intervals in your jog.

It is alternating speeds of intensity from low to high or from high to low cardiovascular fitness wise. It is changing your cardiovascular pace from aerobic which is slow longer pace to anaerobic which is shorter high intensity pace. A typical hiit session or hiit workout is typically 30 minutes or less.

What is Interval Training and how good is it?

  • When you train at a higher intensity you burn more calories.
  • It helps you with time efficiency. If you train at a high intensity for 25 minutes, it is the equivalent of training at a low intensity at 45 minutes. It allows you to complete an effective fitness workout within a short amount of time.
  • The benefit of interval training spices up your workout especially when you add a combination of short bursts of circuit training combinations. It minimizes boredom in your workout.
  • You don’t really need any equipment. You can sprint, swimming, jumping jacks, high knees, ski-jumps, jump rope, suicides, etc.
  • You can increase your cardiovascular fitness level tremendously with high interval training. We all want to have an efficient/functional heart which will heighten our health benefits. And the only way to maintain is to push the heart rate with cardiovascular workouts that will push the lactic acid and improve aerobic capacity.

You have a greater EPOC, (Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption), effect also known as the (after-burn effect) which is the number of calories burned after the workout. The higher the intensity the higher the after-burn affect. We all want to burn calories while we are resting and HIIT training will optimize that.

Anytime you do start doing any type of interval training you want to work your way up to with a proper warm-up. If you immediately start at a high intensity level without a proper warm-up you put yourself at risk for injury. So just be mindful of that when you are doing any high intensity interval workout. You will burn bodyfat and weight loss with high intensity exercises in a time management way.

“When you train at higher intensity you burn more calories within a faster timeframe”

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What is interval training and how good is it?

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