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Fitness Trends: High Intensity Interval Training

Fitness trends may come and go, with machines and gizmos to help you lose weight, gain muscle or a combination of both. But one fitness type that has emerged—and will stick around according to an American College of Sports Medicine international fitness professional survey—is High Impact Intensity Training.

Relying on intense periods of challenging activity coupled with short bouts of recovery in between, this offers one of the biggest bangs for your buck. The intensity and limited rest between exercises during the workout means there is no fiddling while Rome burns during this type of exercise. In fact, the only thing you will be burning is calories.

By switching and varying the type of exercises to be more challenging to more muscle groups while offering less of chance for full recovery, there is very little rest for the weary. And weary you will be. Or at least that is what the goal should be. This type of fitness would be expletive filled if you had enough breath left over.

CrossFit, P90X and Insanity are a few of the names you might be familiar with in this fitness trend, but there are numerous other derivations to accommodate the exerciser and end goal. Burpees, planks to push ups, mountain climbers are some of the exercises you will become familiar with.

One of the many benefits of High Intensity Interval Training is rather than longer periods of moderate training, this is your get-in-and-get-it-done in and get out workout. by design, if you are pressed for time, it doesn’t require a lot of it.

The adaptability of the training also means that you can take and perform the type of fitness indoors, outdoors on the road or at home. And fitness equipment, although useful, is not required.

As in any exercise at first, it’s good to know what you can and cannot do.

Also you will burn calories beyond the workout. Studies show that Human Growth Hormone production is way up for as much as 24 hours after the workout is over, meaning you will enjoy the calorie burn and lean mass building well after your last set.

With oxygen being in short supply after the workout, the extra work done to get levels back in order helps to fuel the body’s metabolism.  This Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption (or EPOC) will keep you burning fat while you recover.

The limited rest period also helps with recovery time capabilities during subsequent workouts and the anaerobic push also helps to increase your cardiovascular function as well as strengthen your ticker.

And unlike dodge ball in gym class, you don’t get picked according to your athletic prowess. This High Intensity Interval Training is available to all fitness and ability levels. Anyone is a candidate to try it. However, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor before you attempt any new type of fitness or training technique.

At enerG wellness we appreciate the need for flexible approaches to designing fitness facilities and fitness spaces as trends emerge. Our team of professionals has their finger on the pulse of the fitness landscape and so can adapt and tailor our 360° approach to accommodate all of our partners’ needs in the mid-Atlantic.

Contact one of our experts to see how we can help you realize your fitness facility dream.

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