There is only so much we can discuss during our workouts (and hopefully most of you will be too out of breath to discuss anything at all!), so this blog will help supplement the information we discuss and help you better understand the basis of what we do here at Edge Body. If there are topics you’d like me to address in the blog, please let me know and I’d be happy to do so.
If there are any concerns I hear about the boot camp workouts (I’d better not hear any complaints or that’s 20 extra push-ups…KIDDING!), it’s that we often don’t do a full hour of work. Many people are still stuck in that old frame of mind that if you aren’t working out for a LONG time, you’re not working hard. That simply isn’t the case. When you do the type of workouts we do, you don’t NEED to huff and puff for an hour or 90 minutes because you worker HARDER in a shorter amount of time.
This is called HIIT, or high-intensity interval training. HIIT is a training technique where you give one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by a short active recovery. Then you do it all again. You all know what I’m talking about—circuits fall into this category. You go and go until you feel like you can’t go any more, take a break just enough to breathe again, then go after it again. This type of training, as opposed to slow and steady effort, gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns more calories in less time. So why does this matter? It matters a lot! HIIT training increases the body’s need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery. This is called the ‘afterburn effect’. What it boils down to is that doing HIIT workouts makes your body to continue to burn calories at an accelerated rate even after the workout is complete. So even though you may be hitting it hard for only 30 or 40 minutes, your body still thinks it’s working out hours later (i.e. increased metabolism).
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Not only is HIIT great for burning fat, but it’s also been shown to increase fitness levels and improve a host of conditions such as cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity cholesterol profiles and more. HIIT is also easily modified, which makes it perfect for our purposes. No one wants to come to class and do the same workout every time. How boring is that?? With HIIT training, we can continually change it up and achieve awesome results. We combine HIIT with traditional strength training so that participants are burning fat WHILE increasing (or maintaining) muscle mass and becoming well-rounded in their fitness and health.
So the next time you wonder if you’re really getting a great workout in when you’re leaving class after 30 minutes, keep in mind we do this for a reason! HIIT training is wildly effective, especially when paired with targeted strength activity. Keep up that intensity, boot campers, and we promise you’ll see the results! Until next time, this was your Tip from the Trainer!