Interval Training: What is it?

To start off, it's important to clear what interval training is:

Interval training is a type of physical training that involves a series of low- to high-intensity exercise workouts interspersed with rest or relief periods. The high-intensity periods are typically close to anaerobic exercise, while the recovery periods involve activity of lower intensity. Varying the intensity of effort, exercises the heart muscle, providing a cardiovascular workout, improving aerobic capacity and permitting the person to exercise for longer and/or more intense levels.

My first experience with interval training (IT) was two years ago on the treadmill. Before IT, I thought that running on the treadmill for a solid 30 minutes on a steady pace was a good way to work out and lose fat. I could not have been more wrong! I was introduced to the concept by Bisma, a personal trainer from Pure Gym. The concept was to walk for 1 minute at a speed of 6 and run for a minute at a speed of 12.5 for a total of 20 minutes.

One of the most important things to remember is to never allow your body to adjust to one intensity level. 

Essentially, interval training is a cardio exercise that is based on working in intervals of different speeds. It can be done on the treadmill, in a class environment or at home and it's great because you do not need any equipment.

All this might sound very familiar as you might know it as HIIT, which stands for High Intensity Interval Training. HIIT consists of intense bursts of exercise, followed by short active recovery periods. Considering the fact that many people use “not having enough time” as a popular reason to avoid regularly exercising, HIIT workouts are one of the best ways to overcome this block and get great results fast as it will send your body into a fat burning overdrive.

Overall, HIIT workouts share the same concept and foundation with interval training. However, after a chat with Osla Allen, Class Manager of the ISE,  it is important to clear that HIIT is not something a beginner can perform. Osla says that if complete beginners are put into a HIIT class they will not be able to keep it up, might be disheartened by the level of difficulty and consequently, they will be less inclined to come back.

My idea is to combine these insights into one product. So far I learned that my product should not be constructed/coded for only one intensity level, but cater for all levels thus enabling everyone to use it.

Till my next post.

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