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Saturday, 12 November 2016

High intensity interval training is quick and effective

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"HIIT is an efficient way to push the body and the heart rate in a very short amount of time.
But HIIT has to be done in a very specific way: All out.
Think of running from the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park kind of effort.
"You would have to push yourself to the extreme for that one minute," Hall said. "You're pushing yourself to like, 'I can barely do any more.' "
One of the more well-known examples of HIIT is Tabata. It's real simple: 20 seconds of all-out work in an exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest, for eight rounds. It sounds like nothing, right? - 4 minutes - until you do it.
An example would be to do burpees and speed skaters for 20 seconds, alternating between the two, with 10-second rests in between. If you go as fast as possible and do the full range of motion (not half jumps), you'll be tired and your heart rate will be high.
Other intervals might be for 30 seconds or 45 seconds followed by a 15-second rest.
If you start hearing someone talk about 60- or 90-second HIIT intervals, or if you try to do them and see the effort fall off, it's time to question if that is HIIT training. It's still good work, of course - but probably not HIIT.
"I don't know if people can sustain that type of intensity for 90 seconds - that's really long," Hall said. "I'm not sure if you can get to your max and hold that for 90 seconds. You want to feel like you can barely do any more, not that you're plodding along."

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Thursday, 3 November 2016

What Exactly Is HIIT—And How Can You Tell If You’re Actually Doing It?

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If you work out, or if you talk to people who work out, you're most definitely familiar with high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and you probably associate it with sweating, panting, and burpees—lots of burpees. It's intense, you do various moves at intervals, and it's training. Name says it all, right?

Well, actually it doesn't. There's a lot more to HIIT than its name alone suggests. We're going to help you read between the letters. Here, fitness pros share the must-know HIIT facts so you can torch calories, burn fat, and build muscle effectively.
Intensity is key—obviously—which means you really have to work.

HIIT is a cardio session arranged as short bursts of very hard work. The whole point of high-intensity training is to kick up the intensity of your cardio. In order to qualify as true HIIT, you’ll need to push yourself to the max during every set. That’s why they’re short—anywhere from 20 to 90 seconds, typically. It’s the opposite of going for a long run where you ration your energy in order to sustain the activity for longer.

Numerous studies have shown that working your hardest is key when it comes to boosting endurance, increasing metabolism, regulating insulin levels, and losing body fat. “All exercise helps burn fat by burning calories,” says fitness expert and celebrity trainer Rob Sulaver. But, he adds, “more intense exercise burns more fat,” and that's part of the reason HIIT is so popular.

And compared to many other cardio workouts, HIIT can be a more effective way of getting shredded, Sulaver explains. HIIT routines that involve bodyweight work (e.g. push-ups) or added weight, such as kettlebells, medicine balls, or dumbbells, will tone your muscles while spiking your heart rate. “HIIT is effective on multiple fronts. It’ll improve your endurance, it will complement your strength development, and it’ll help you get shredded,” he says.

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The Quick and Effective Workout That Burns an Insane Amount of Fat


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If you’re in the market for a new workout, you may want to try the Tabata workout (like we need another type of exercise to worry about!). A celebrity favorite that falls into the high-intensity interval training (HIIT) category, the quick yet effective workout, which hails from Japan, is also said by many to be one of the hardest they’ve ever done, simply because it involves going all out for short bursts of time.

Like any other type of HIIT exercise, New York trainer Terrence Walcott says you’re expected to complete a work set at your maximum ability followed by a rest set, only to complete a work set with an intensity as strenuous as the previous set.

New York trainer Trevor Swaine describes it like pushing your body to the point of near failure and only give it seconds to recover. “You may feel fatigue and exhaustation with a Tabata workout, which is common, but there’s also a great release of endorphins at the end of the workout.” And, in terms of the results, you can expect to see your metabolism kicked into high gear (not just during the day or training, but for the next day, too) and to break through mental and physical plateaus.

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Monday, 5 September 2016

We know intervals can hurt, but here’s why they may be worthwhile

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"High-intensity interval training can enhance fitness, improve health and even aid recovery from heart disease, according to a growing body of compelling evidence. But, experts caution, intervals should not replace moderate exercise completely. Instead, the two types of activity can complement each other, offering more opportunities for getting fit and staying motivated."

“No exercise is bad, and some exercise, whatever it is, is better than none,” de Heer says. “Aerobic exercise has all kinds of benefits. Intervals are even better. That’s my summary.”
"In one of the latest studies to compare intervals with less-grueling but more time-consuming exercise, Gibala and colleagues put nine sedentary men through three 10-minute interval sessions per week. After a warm-up and before a cool-down, the workout incorporated three all-out sprints on an exercise bike lasting just
20 seconds, with two minutes of easier cycling in between. Another group did 45 minutes of steady cycling at about 70 percent of their maximum heart rate. After 12 weeks, the team reported this spring, both groups had improved equally on measures of heart health and fitness, even though the interval group exercised for 30 minutes a week compared with the other group’s 135 minutes."

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How Resistance Cardio Training With HIIT And Kettlebells Can Speed Weight Loss

Very good article.
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The assumption ultimately was that training at 70% must therefore result in the maximum fat burned. And in the short term – it does.
But if you can alternate between 90% and 70%, then what you’re actually doing is forcing your body to use multiple types of energy systems. First, you use anaerobic systems which completely reduces the blood sugar level and available ATP and then you use the aerobic system. Because you’ve previously exhausted your blood sugar though, the body is going to be even more reliant on those fat stores and you’ll burn even more fat, even more efficiently."

Tabata Protocol

Similar to HIIT is to alternate between high intensity and short periods of complete rest. You can do this with a training method that is known as the ‘tabata protocol’. This is a 4 minute training routine that involves 8 intervals of all-out intensity, followed by 10 seconds of rest.
So for example, you might sprint on the spot for 20 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds and repeat. Or you might punch a punch bag at full intensity for 20 seconds and then rest for 10. This should take 4 minutes in total and you shouldn’t knock it until you try it – it absolutely devastates you.
Tabata is an advanced level workout that seriously taxes the heart and the energy systems and it’s not recommended for those without experience. If you’re new to training, then consider starting with a 2 minute version or a 1 minute version and building up. Eventually though, Tabata can be your secret weapon in training

Resistance Cardio

The danger with HIIT is that it can still risk cannibalizing some muscle for energy and you’ll still drastically raise cortisol.
One way to get around this (and this works for fasted cardio to some extent too) is to train using ‘resistance cardio’. Resistance training refers to weights, refers to resistance machines and refers to anything where you are pushing or pulling against a force or resistance.

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Bigger Than Biceps: Tabata: A quicker workout to burn more fat

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"One way to make time for fitness is to decrease the time needed to exercise. I've touched on busy lifestyles before and easier ways to make working out fit into your schedule. One way is through "Tabata" exercises.
Tabata was founded by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo during the 1990's, according to Active.com. The effectiveness of the technique was shown in an experiment between two groups of athletes. One worked out five days per week for an hour while the other worked out four days per week for four minutes and 20 seconds. Each for six weeks. The first group increased cardiovascular levels, but didn't advance their muscles. The second group increased cardiovascular levels and muscles mass by 28 percent. "

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

How to Maximize Your Mitochondria

To boost your aerobic energy, is it better to run farther or faster?

Interesting article, and of course no straightforward conclusion. However interesting to see that  the Dr Tabata is still learning!


One final postscript: While I was waiting to chat to MacInnis at his poster, a Japanese researcher was asking him lots of questions. Eventually, the researcher pulled out his card, and I saw MacInnis’s eyebrows rise by an inch. I peeked over his shoulder, and mine did the same when I saw the name on the card: Izumi Tabata. Yes, that Tabata, he of the 20-seconds-hard, 10-seconds-easy Tabata Protocol. It was a cool moment, sort of like going to a car show and bumping into Henry Ford, and suddenly remembering that behind the famous name is an actual person.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

High intensity interval training is quick and effective, when done right

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That’s why HIIT is being incorporated more and more into exercise classes in gyms and viewed on YouTube. The American College of Sports Medicine rated high intensity interval training as the third biggest fitness trend in 2016, behind wearable technology, like fitness trackers, and body weight training. It wasn’t on the Top 10 list four years ago.
HIIT is an efficient way to push the body and the heart rate in a very short amount of time.
But HIIT has to be done in a very specific way: All out.
Think of running from the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park kind of effort.
“You would have to push yourself to the extreme for that one minute,” said Hall. “You’re pushing yourself to like, ‘I can barely do any more.’”
One of the more well-known examples of HIIT is Tabata. It’s real simple: 20 seconds of all-out work in an exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest, for eight rounds. It sounds like nothing, right? — 4 minutes — until you do it.
An example would be to do burpees and speed skaters for 20 seconds, alternating between the two, with 10 second rests in between. If you go as fast as possible and do the full range of motion (not half jumps), you’ll be tired and your heart rate will be high."

Full article: link 

 

This Tabata Workout Is HIIT's More Aggressive Cousin

What if we said you could get strong and lean with a 40 minute workout twice a week? Your dreams are about to come true in the form of the Tabata method. Tabata is a variation on the ever popular high intensity interval training (HIIT) method. Each workout involves 20 seconds of high intensity followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated eight times. (See: What Is Tabata?)
Studies show that Tabata training provides superior aerobic and anaerobic training effects compared to moderate intensity training. That means you can get better results in less time—not a bad deal!

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Some animated GIFs for your Tabata training inspiration!