so focused I lost sight of the target.
High intense interval training can be, well intense. Because of this it has a lot of benefits such as slowing down the aging process, higher resting metabolism, better utilization of glucose (we need this to fuel our workouts) and a few more. If you are including HIITs (high intense interval training) in your workout regimen than you probably already realize the benefits. And you should feel good about this. You are pushing yourself during your workouts instead of taking the easy route and just showing up, going through the motions. But we need to exercise some caution when we do HIIT training
If you are training properly when HIIT training then you know you are for the most part out of breath. If you are able to talk during the work cycle of a HIIT routine than you need to increase the intensity. If you don’t you won’t be realizing the full benefits of HIITs. But we also need to train safely and train smart and not overdue it that we get injured. One of the main benefits of HIIT training is the shorter workout duration. HIITs can last anywhere from 4 minutes (Tabata) to 20 minutes depending on the length of the work cycle and rest cycle.
Be sure to ease into any increase in duration. Don’t jump from doing 10 minute session up to 20 minute sessions. This is a large strain on your body and could possibly end up in being injured, or you can end up over training and having to deal with the repercussions. Make increases gradually by increasing the duration by 2 minutes. Listen to the feedback from your body for signs of over training.
And as wonderful as HIIT training is, based on your fitness level it might be something you shouldn’t be doing every workout. It’s that over training thing again. Trust me, you don’t want to be there.
If you are just starting HIIT training, set up your intervals to be a 1:3 work to rest ratio. As an example, for a work cycle of 30 seconds your rest cycle would last 90 seconds. If you find that too easy than try a ratio of 1:2 work to rest. If you are new to HIIT training I would recommend that you forego using Tabata ratio’s for your workout. Give yourself a month or two getting used to HIIT than give Tabata a shot. Don’ feel you need to rush into it. Tabata will still be there when you get to it.
One more item I would like to cover. It can be easy to get caught up in the intensity of interval training. We get so focused on the fact that we are out of breath, and can hardly move. Burpees no longer look like Burpees. They end up looking like half Burpees, or quarter Burpees.
Try your best to keep proper form and technique. If this slows you down in the number you are doing, don’t worry about it. As long as you are keeping your intensity where it needs to be then you are fine. Sacrificing form for numbers is never a good idea. Most times it leads to injury.
Into the wind
Work hard, work intensely, but train smart. Don’t be reckless and end up making more loses than gains. Keep focused on your goal and if it’s a realistic goal, you’ll get there. If it isn’t, change it before you end up regretting it.
Yours in health,