Interval training workouts are a great way of efficiently burning body fat and improving your overall fitness. The higher intensity level of the workouts split up with short spans of rest and recovery makes these workouts better than doing cardio like biking or running for long distances. The after burn effect is much better than static exercise so you will burn fat even after your workout is over. We teach this at our Overland Park Fitness Center
HIIT does not need to involve a lot of equipment though it can if you wish. A lot of interval training workouts are cardio based exercises like running, biking, jump rope, or swimming but can also be designed to use plyometrics (body weight exercises) or with light weights like kettle bells. Those with cardio equipment can use a rowing machine, elliptical trainer, stairmaster or treadmill. Having a gym memberships is not necessary for those on a tight budget.
Guidelines for Interval Training Workouts
As a general rule, your warm up activity should mimic your training program. If it is a swimming workout, start with some light work before cranking it up at our Overland Park Kickboxing Classes.
Warming up properly will help prepare your body and muscles for the work ahead. You put yourself at a greater risk of injury if you jump straight into intervals without warming up. Choose one of the following interval workouts and challenge yourself once you’re warm and have properly prepared yourself for some speed work.
Interval Training Workout – Fartlek
The idea is to combine a constant speed interval with high speed intervals based on time or distance of your choice. This will develop your anaerobic and aerobic energy systems in the same workout. This will add variety to your workout and can make it way more fun.