High Intensity training is the bomb!

Why High Intensity is Best 

What do we mean by intensity?

in this context, intense training means High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and other high intensity work such as metabolic conditioning circuits (Met Con) and Tabata training. This effectively entails 10-30 seconds of intense work with short, moderate cool down for longer periods, usually between 40 seconds to a minute. Low Intensity Steady State Cardio, or LISS, consists of merely low intensity work such as fast walking or jogging on a treadmill.

 Benefits of High Intensity

1.     It’s time efficient: most forms of HIIT and other intense form of cardio take up to just 15-20 minutes, and tabata taking 4-5 minutes. Why waste over half an hour when you can get far more done in much less time?

2.     Greater Variety: high intensity work can vary to a much greater extent than low intensity work. It can involve Watt Bikes, rowing machines, strongman equipment and movement patterns (such as the prowler, carries and more), battle ropes and much more. The opportunity to vary your sessions is huge.

3.     Greater fat loss and increased metabolism:

 

   A 2008 study showed HIIT led to a decrease in abdominal fat, whereas LIIS saw little, or no change.

   LISS has been shown to temporarily boost fat loss over a week with no increase in following weeks due to the body adopting (Wilson et al 2008)

   Both Lactate Threshold and Anaerobic Threshold increase as a result of high intensity training.

4. High intensity training retains a much greater amount of muscle, and thus aids metabolic rate and fat loss

   One’s metabolic rate increases as muscle mass increases

   A study showed that those who sprinted 3 times a week added lean mass to their legs. (Trapp et al)

   Low intensity work has actually been seen to be detrimental to muscle retention and consequently, fat loss.

 

Written By Ali Woodward. 

Why High Intensity is Best 

What do we mean by intensity?

 In this context, intense training means High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and other high intensity work such as metabolic conditioning circuits (Met Con) and Tabata training. This effectively entails 10-30 seconds of intense work with short, moderate cool down for longer periods, usually between 40 seconds to a minute. Low Intensity Steady State Cardio, or LISS, consists of merely low intensity work such as fast walking or jogging on a treadmill.

 Benefits of High Intensity

 

1.     It’s time efficient: most forms of HIIT and other intense form of cardio take up to just 15-20 minutes, and tabata taking 4-5 minutes. Why waste over half an hour when you can get far more done in much less time?

2.     Greater Variety: high intensity work can vary to a much greater extent than low intensity work. It can involve Watt Bikes, rowing machines, strongman equipment and movement patterns (such as the prowler, carries and more), battle ropes and much more. The opportunity to vary your sessions is huge.

3.     Greater fat loss and increased metabolism:

 

   A 2008 study showed HIIT led to a decrease in abdominal fat, whereas LIIS saw little, or no change.

   LISS has been shown to temporarily boost fat loss over a week with no increase in following weeks due to the body adopting (Wilson et al 2008)

   Both Lactate Threshold and Anaerobic Threshold increase as a result of high intensity training.

 

4. High intensity training retains a much greater amount of muscle, and thus aids metabolic rate and fat loss

 

   One’s metabolic rate increases as muscle mass increases

   A study showed that those who sprinted 3 times a week added lean mass to their legs. (Trapp et al)

   Low intensity work has actually been seen to be detrimental to muscle retention and consequently, fat loss.

 

Written By Ali Woodward. 

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