Recently in the news there seems to be a lot of hype surrounding a new fitness trend called ‘Interval Training’. In this post our Milton personal trainer will explain this method of training and whether the hype is real or not.
What is Interval Training?
Interval training is a style of training where one exerts high intensity bouts in a short period of time with bursts of speed and power. There are short rest times and one can incorporate “active recovery” for the rest times where you do very light cardio to keep the heart at a steady state.
Why do Interval Training?
A majority of clients want to lose weight, gain muscle, and live a healthier lifestyle. All this is possible with regular weight training, but adding in another style makes the whole process even more fun for the clients as well as the trainer.
While there is nothing wrong with going with the traditional way of weight training to achieve your goals, there is also nothing wrong with altering your style of approach. A lot of the times, the general clientèle will want a decent improvement in their speed, power, cardiovascular health and implementing an interval style based workout will definitely guide them in the right direction. Interval training is not only for athletes, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to train or look like an athlete.
If you are a beginner, I would suggest having a professional guide you through different movement patterns as interval training can be a bit tricky and overwhelming for the body. That being said, the whole point of this style is to get the body to do something totally different from the norm. The beautiful thing about this style is that you never really adapt. You can always alter the different elements of training (tempo, sets, reps, etc…). The whole point of this style is to get your body more efficient in transporting oxygen throughout your body (hence your heart getting more efficient), delaying the onset of lactic acid (that “burn”), and overall getting your body more physically mobile and mentally sharp.
If this is something you would like to try book your assessment today!
By: Shahab Nilgiri