By Andy on November 11, 2015
Do you want to get the most out of your gym session or workout? The best way to achieve this is to move out of your comfort zone and try something that challenges you. A great starting point is interval training, as it helps you to increase your fitness levels and burn loads of calories in a short amount of time. Yes, please!
How often do you see regular gym-goers doing the same exercise routine and not getting very far with their results? How many of them run at the same speed on the treadmill or what about those who read while on a stationary bike? I never quite understood why people did that or at least what the benefits were. To me, it’s very clear that the only way you can get the best out of your workout and make it worthwhile is to get out of your comfort zone! That’s where interval training is the perfect solution.
Interval training is when you alternate between high-intensity exercises with low-intensity recovery periods, helping to increase your fitness levels and burns loads of calories in a short amount of time. Hallelujah!
One of the many great things about interval training is that there is no single hard-and-fast rule. You can apply short bursts of exercise by running, rowing, or cycling. For example, try running on a treadmill at 90% – 95% speed for 30 seconds and recover with a slow jog for 30 seconds, repeating the cycle for at least 20 minutes.
Did you know that just 20 minutes of high interval training is equivalent to 1 hour of moderate-intensity, steady-state cardio training? Wowza!? The benefits are literally like weight training for your heart as interval training strengthens your cardiorespiratory system which overall improves your wellbeing, and when your heart is happy, you are happy too – agreed?!
Personally, I enjoy sprinting. Sprinting is great for tightening and toning your legs, glutes, and core muscles. It also increases your muscle power, which helps you push harder and also gives you more stamina, endurance, and speed.
So the next time you’re at the gym, why not spice up your regime by including some interval training. You will leave the gym feeling that great satisfaction of having done an awesome burn session.