Big Perks High Intensity Interval Training Offer
It’s just another day in the gym. You just spent a good hour lifting and you are ready to go home. But wait, you forgot you still owe that treadmill or stationary bike the better half of an hour, didn’t you? What if I told you that you don’t have to do this? What if I told you there is a better way? If you are like me and you despise pacing about on a machine because you have better things to do with your time, then I’ve got something for you. I’ve got the formula for turning you into a fat-burning furnace; you’ll go from flab to fab in record time!
This is great whether you’d use it with other weight loss solutions or not. It’s even efficient in keeping fatas away after you undergo coolsculpturing. After all, There is no recovery time needed after the procedure, although it’s wise to wait for few days before pushing your body to wonderful limits.
I know, I know. For years, we’ve been told that the best way to approach fat loss is to perform steady-state cardio for between 30 and 45 minutes. The latter is no longer true. One thing is for sure, it’s not physically taxing and it takes more time than it’s worth. The problems with steady-state cardio: it’s time consuming, very boring, burns less total calories, makes you feel like a hamster, it must be done very often, it does not contribute to strength or muscle gains, and it seems to take ages to finish.
In light of scientific research, there’s a new cardio king in town. It’s called High-Intensity Interval Training. This is probably the best approach you can take if you want to maintain (or possibly gain) slight strength and lean muscle mass, all the while burning fat. In fact, it has been proven to burn fat up to 50% more than steady-state cardio.
What exactly is HIIT?
High-Intensity Interval Training is exactly as it reads – high-intensity exercise performed at varying intensities. Sprints, circuits, compound full-body routines are all great examples of HIIT. And the benefits of HIIT? One can expect greater fat loss for less time in the gym and less frequency (two to three times a week, as opposed to three to five days a week). A phenomenon called EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption) comes about, exhibiting a calorie-burning effect post-exercise. In addition to EPOC, an elevated metabolism twenty four hours following exercise can be expected. Even better, HIIT sessions typically only last about fifteen minutes.
So drop that fat-burning zone you’ve been adhering to on the treadmill or bike and take your cardio out to the track. Better yet, find a hill or some bleachers. In addition to peak cardiovascular benefit, you’ll be shredded to the bone when you follow the HIIT plan below!
The HIIT Plan (M-W-F)
This 3-day program is really simple. First, you need to get some blood flow going with a steadily-paced warm-up for five minutes at about thirty percent effort. Next, sprint at a pace that is between eighty and ninety percent of your best effort, for a period of 45-60 seconds. Rest until your heart rate steadies and you catch your breath, for about three to five minutes. Repeat for five or six total sprints.
Let me know how the HIIT Plan works for you. Share your comments and success stories if you’d like- I love hearing about other people’s accomplished goals! Until next time…