Interval training

Interval training

What is interval training?

Interval Training is short, high-intensity exercise periods followed by longer, lower intensity periods. These higher and lower intensity periods are repeated several times to form a complete workout. A basic example would be to walk for 6 minutes at 3.5 MPH and then jog for 2 minutes at 6.0 MPH, and then repeat this sequence several times.

Interval training has been the basis for athletic training routines for years. The first forms of interval training, called 'fartlek' involved alternating short, fast bursts of intensive exercise with slow, easy activity. Fartlek was casual, unstructured training that perfectly fit it's English translation: "speed play." The interval programs of today have become highly sophisticated methods of structured training for athletic performance enhancement.

You don't need to be a world-class athlete and have sophisticated blood analysis to take advantage of the benefits of interval training. The standard 'speed play' training of fartlek works well for the rest of us. This type of interval work is based upon your subjective needs. Simply pay attention to how you feel and set your intensity and duration accordingly. If you want a workout that can help you burn more calories, improve your power, increase your speed, and help your ability to workout for longer periods of time, then Interval Training may be for you.

Why should I incorporate interval training into my workout plan?

Interval Training can be helpful when you are trying a new form of exercise, for example, when you begin a running/jogging program on a new treadmill. If you attempt to jog continuously without building up to it, you may fatigue quickly and even give up. However, if you begin with intervals of walking interspersed with jogging periods, the workout can be much more enjoyable and effective. Also, you will be more likely to stick with the program and achieve the end result - continuous jogging.

What are the benefits of interval training?

  • Help you improve cardiovascular fitness
  • Improve overall aerobic power
  • Burn more calories than similar time period on continuous training exercise
  • Break-through an exercise program plateau
  • Increase workout duration and reach new exercise levels
  • Expand your workout options
  • Increase your workout threshold
  • Increase speed To incorporate interval training into your programme be sure to mention it in your monthly feedback so your personal trainer can include it into your new programme.

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