It seems lately there has been a lot of emphasis placed on interval training. But, most people don’t understand what it is and why it’s so important. Since studying for my personal training certificate, I’ve learned from my NASM book why intervals work best when you’re trying to maximize a workout.
- Why is interval training good for the weight loss process? Our bodies store energy three different ways. One is for short-term intensity training (running a spring), another for moderate intensity and the last is for long-term training (such as running a marathon). When you do intervals, you tap into all three energy systems – making your body work to its maximum potential.
- What are the benefits?
According to SHAPE, “You burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout than you do after, say, a steady-pace run.”
- Also, you don’t necessarily need equipment to do interval training – Biking, running and jump-roping are a few examples. The point is to push your heart to it’s max.
- What’s an example of an interval training workout? Here’s a training plan from SHAPE:
– Warm up for 15 minutes
– Then run, bike or row for 3 minutes at 90 to 90 percent of your maximum heart rate (should feel like 8.5 or 9 on a scale of one to 10). Take three minutes active recovery (you’re still moving, but at an easy pace)
– Repeat the 3 on/3 off pattern three to four times.
– Finish with a 10-minute cool down.
Interval training is definitely no easy take, that’s why a lot of people avoid doing it while working out. IT’S HARD – no doubt about it. But, if you want great results and you want to challenge yourself to something new, you should try intervals!