H.I.I.T. Training for a strong body in a Tabata style workoutSubmitted by dexterszyd on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 22:49
Some might wonder why this is posted on the DP. I happen to believe with all the stress and uncertainty in our society whether its on a grand scale or right down to your personal challenges that we are nothing without health. Many have posted topics on GMO and vegetarianism or perhaps paleo style eating. Even topics on meds and natural remedies are discussed. I believe exercise is just as important and I have found it an interesting topic.
Have you ever wondered why you put in countless days in a health club or gym and still hold those love handles or extra cushion in the trunk? Are you lacking energy throughout the day?
There could be various reasons for this and diet and what we eat are certainly a big part of it.
As we start to age our bodies metabolism begins to slow. It doesn't burn and process fat as efficiently as it used to when we were younger. For some on this site you don't have this problem but this practice will apply to you as well for a stronger fitter body.
I have been involved in the practice of Tabata training for the past 6 month and I have to tell you it is changing my life.
Tabata was founded in Japan by Izumi Tabata. He conducted tests on two groups of athletes; comparing moderate high intensity training with high intensity interval training.
The results were that the athletes training in high intensity interval training improved their aerobic systems as well as their anaerobic system. The athletes who did the moderate high intensity training only improved their aerobic system and had little to no increase in their anaerobic system. http://tabatatraining.org/
So here is what has been working for me. High Intensity Interval Training also known as H.I.I.T. It consists of High powered max exertion for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds before you begin another 20 second interval. This is done in 5 on (20 sec interval) and 5 off (10 second rest) which is 1 Tabata.
Studies show that after running, swimming, biking etc... that your metabolic rate increases for up to 6-8 hrs after completion. With the HIIT style approach it is elevated for up to 48 hrs after completion.
The best part is you don't even need to belong to a gym and can do it at home. Its typically all body weight , functional exercises.
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