Not all of us can afford to spend an hour wondering around the gym without much of a plan. For those people that want a more effective workout in the time they have then intervals might just be the way forward.
Interval training is nothing new to the fitness industry however it has experienced a huge rise in popularity recently. The phrase HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is being passed around a lot but don’t let that put you off, Moderate Intensity Interval Training will still work for you if you’re just starting out!
Interval training is just that, you work for a set period of time at a moderate to high intensity before either reducing the intensity for an active recovery or stopping completely and catching your breath. One of the easiest ways to try interval training for the first time is ‘work to rest ratios’ which are often presented as 1:1 indicating a one minute work period followed by a 1 minute rest period, as a general rule of thumb the shorter the bout, the longer the relative ratio due to the higher intensity.
Many studies have indicated that interval training is more effective for weight loss than traditional steady state cardio, as well as improving performance by increasing exercise capacity. Doing bursts of exercise will also improve the body’s ability to burn fat. This increased fat burn is a result of an increase in metabolic rate which will persist even after exercise so you may find you’re burning calories at an elevated rate for up to 24 hours after exercise.