Whether you are new to interval training or are looking to ramp it up with high intensity interval training, you'll have a head start here.
As our level of fitness increases, we boost our metabolism, lose body fat and gain muscle, our fitness goals begin to change and with that our workouts.
If you are ready for a change and want to work some efficiency into your cardio workouts, you've come to the right place!
It's very important that you have a basic understanding of heart rate zones and know what your resting heart rate (rhr) and maximum heart rate (mhr) are.
If you do not have that information, click here and find out before continuing and certainly before starting your interval training.
Okay, now that you're armed with your heart rate information, your motivation, and your fitness goals, let's get started.
"What is interval training?"
When you alternate your exercise between a high and low intensity workout within a specified period of time. For example, if you are just starting out, you may do a walking workout where you alternate between walking at a comfortable pace and walking at a brisk pace that pushes your heart rate up for several minutes.
A seasoned athlete would most likely engage in high intensity interval training. Here he/she might run at an aerobic pace for a certain amount of time followed by pushing his/her limits in the anaerobic or red line zones.
These types of workouts can be performed at most weekly if not monthly. Muscles need time to recover. Being depleted as they are in this type of training requires adequate time to rebuild and repair.
Many of you fall between the seasoned athlete and beginner. No worries. Whatever your level, interval training is a great way to mix up your workouts and boost your metabolism at the same time!
Use your personal MAP (Motivation. Action. Plan.) and fit your workouts in your daily workout schedules to achieve your ideal body!
Congratulations! You're on your way!
Here's to you!