Could you use some tips and inspiration about how to do interval training? Let’s have a closer look…
Most important to keep in mind is that you should choose your interval training protocols according to your goal.
Choosing the right duration of work and recovery intervals is key to getting the right results. This is what determines which energy transfer system gets overloaded (i.e. trained) and whether you improve speed, endurance, tolerance etc.
You should also pay attention to the exercise scheme you chose. It makes a difference whether you do you interval training swimming, skipping, running, etc.
– IF YOUR GOAL IS BURNING FAT
Research and results from fat loss experts around the world shows that the high intensity of exercise that you get in interval training creates a metabolic after burn effect that may last up to 38 hours after the workout – on top of the increase in metabolism during the workout itself! This effect is much lower with lower intensities of workout.
This means that you get far more “fat burn” for your workout time with interval training.
– IF YOUR GOAL IS CARDIO-VASCULAR HEALTH
You get better results in less time.
With a relatively brief training stimulus of high intensity you can significantly improve factors such as VO2max and enzyme activity in the aerobic pathways…
– IF YOUR GOAL IS PREPARING FOR A SPECIFIC SPORT
Only very few sports rely mainly on steady state aerobic activity. Most sports consist of a series of short bouts of work.The duration, intensity and movement pattern in those bouts are what vary from sport to sport. Assimilating of any of those variables to your sport in your interval training makes it sport specific.
Does interval training have to be biking, running or stepping on a cardio machine? No way!