What Is High Intensity Interval Cardio Training?
High intensity interval cardiovascular training is an intense type of aerobic training performed in bursts over a short period of time. The total workout usually lasts from 10 to 20 minutes.
During the training, you workout at your maximum intensity for a very short time (from 15 to 60 seconds).
That's followed by a recovery period where you workout at a low intensity (from 30 seconds to 2 minutes). Then you workout intensely again. Then you recover and so on.
For example, you run at your maximum speed for 30 seconds. Then you walk briskly for 1 minute. And then you run again and then walk again. You keep working out in this kind of stop-and-go movement.
This mimics the natural tendency of humans and other animals. We don't do steady-paced motions for a long period in day-to-day life. We tend to exert ourselves in stop-and-go motions.
Therefore, interval training is a more natural way of working out than steady-paced exercises.
How It Will Help With Your Fat Loss
High intensity interval cardio training burns a lot more calories than steady-paced aerobics. Plus because of the intense workout you have given to your body, you start expending extra energy to recover from the stress you put in.
This elevates your metabolism up to 24 hours after your workout.
Steady-paced aerobics can't give you this benefit as it doesn't put enough stress on your body.
Another benefit – you can get in and out of the interval workout in about 20 minutes or even less.
High intensity aerobic incorporated with 2 to 3 sessions of weight training a week will speed up your fat loss.
Don't forget you also have to follow a fat burning diet to see the results.
Don't miss out your weight training sessions either. It's those weight training workouts that will shape and define your body nicely.
If you're very short on time, check out my fat loss workouts to see which kinds of exercises to prioritize.
After training with your weights, high intensity interval cardio is the next workout you should do. Not those steady-paced aerobics!
However, I suggest you do the two kinds of trainings on different days.
Or if you want to do them on the same day, do them at different times during the day to get the most out of each training.
If you do the interval training straight after the weight workouts, you're likely to be too tired to give cardio your full effort. And vice versa. If that's the case, your results will suffer.
If you're looking to lose fat as quickly as possible, Interval Cardio Training is worth doing along with your weight training. You won't be sorry. :)