What is interval training?
Interval training can sound scary, but is actually quite simple. Interval training involves short bursts of intense activity, followed by a longer bout of low intensity activity, following this pattern for a period of time.
What are the benefits?
First and foremost, you will burn more calories during this type of workout when compared to your prolonged, steady-state exercise. This mode of exercise also helps to improve your aerobic capacity, meaning that you may be able to cover a distance faster, or be able to exercise at a certain intensity for longer.
In addition to the physiological benefits, interval training allows you to be more efficient at the gym, keeps your boredom at bay by adding variety into your workouts and can be done without any special type of equipment.
What does it look like in action?
Interval training can be done on any piece of cardio equipment, walking, running or even resistance training. There are also many levels and intensities that can be adjusted to fit anyones workout regimen.
Typical interval training usually involves a period a higher intensity followed by a period of lower intensity that alternates between a 1:1 ratio (i.e. 30 seconds low, 30 seconds high) for 15-25 minutes.
Another option for interval training is HIIT, or high intensity interval training. HIIT follows a protocol of a level of especially low activity followed by a considerably high intensity, using a 2:1 ratio (i.e. 1 minute of slow intensity, 30 seconds of high intensity).
You can apply either of these methods to your cardio routine, or your strength training!
*Interval training isn't for everyone. Try a fee consultation with us to see if interval training is right for you!
References: The Mayo Clinic