HIIT and Interval Training

After deciding to write about interval training, I did an image search to try and find some good pics for the post. While I found the expected graphs and charts, I stumbled onto the “interval training before and after” pics section – holy cow! So when can I expect results like that??

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Reading a bit more about it, though, these appear to be the aftermath of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). If you haven’t heard of it, these workouts can be as short as four minutes. You’ll complete several super bursts of activity, with longer periods of recovery in between. Tabata is a pretty popular example that even I’ve heard of.

HIIT seems like an awesome, efficient way to work out, and I’d be excited to try it. Lately, I’ve been doing a less intense of interval training that’s still doing wonders for me. Derived from my Runkeeper Go workout plan, I’ve been trying a run-walk combination of 4 minutes of running, followed by 1 minute of walking, repeat ad infinitum (or just six to eight times). The workout specifically stated that the walking was important, even if one didn’t feel like they needed to. And sure enough, I was able to pretty easily beat my average 5K pace, even including the walking!

I’m not sure if the walking breaks are aiding me physically by letting my muscles rest, or mentally by breaking up the workout into chunks – maybe a little of both. What I do know is that I’m absolutely a fan of interval training now, even the low intensity version that I’ve been doing. I look forward to seeing results, and to step it up to HIIT later!

-R

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