Can it really melt your bodyfat like a blowtorch as so many fitness pros claim? Yes, and no.
Back in the day we used to call interval training “catching your breath.” 😉
But seriously, interval training is good stuff, it just not as good as most fitness mags think it is.
So what is interval training? Check Out This Page, it goes into far more detail.
In short, interval training involves pushing very hard (usually during a cardio-style workout) for a given amount of time. This is then followed by a lower intensity level for a given amount of time. Then you repeat the cycle.
For instance, on a treadmill this may look like:
* 5 minutes warm-up
* 5 minutes at 85% max heart rate
* 2 minutes at 60% max heart rate
* 3 minutes at 90% max heart rate
* 5 minutes at 60% max heart rate (repeat)
* 5 minutes cool-down
Is this effective? Yes, and no.
Yes in the sense that you will burn off more bodyfat training this way as opposed to steady-state cardio (unless you do steady-state after a period of fasting, then I’d go with that.)
No in the sense that there’s a far more efficient (and shorter) way to get the job done.
Why do cardio when you can interval train with resistance (bands or weights) and shape your body/melt bodyfat at the same time?
Silly question if you ask me.
Cardio is good for the heart and almost worthless for shaping your body, and Resistance training is excellent for “both”.
So, my protocol goes like this:
* 7MM-Style Resistance Training (in-home or gym)
* 7-14 minutes GXP Cardio: 9-12 minutes
Now you’ve done your entire workout (resistance AND cardio) in less time than cardio ALONE would take you.
And you’ll triple your results or more. And I know this because of three facts:
1. Muscle is needed for shape and muscle is built during short, intense bouts of exercise more quickly and efficiently;
2. Building muscle while training 7MM-Style puts your body into a fat-burning cardio state rather quickly;
3. GXP ‘after’ this session cranks the fat-burning even higher while working the heart sufficiently.
The rest is nutrition. Nutrition is king; exercise is queen. Exercise will do very little by itself without the King of Nutrition to govern the show.
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Remember: Don’t Quit. Get Fit!