What’s the toughest part of your workouts? Those moments when you’re literally gasping for breath, ready to drop or throw up?
Welcome to the pain of anaerobic exercise. So how can something which feels so bad be so good for us?
Anaerobic literally means ‘without oxygen’ (as opposed to aerobic which is ‘with oxygen). The good news is anaerobic training is always short. Why? Because it’s all-out effort which can’t be sustained for long. Think along the lines of sprinting 100m compared to running a marathon. This is the essence of HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training
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its went u think u can't you'll get that drive which will push you to the next level - once incorporated it'll give u that turbo boost
I love HIIT, I skip between sets of exercise for 40 seconds - normally 30 sets, sometimes more. I also do a lot of plyometrics in my routines. It's made a huge difference to my fitness and physique, but the Problem is the high intensity impact is leaving me with shin splints - right now I can't even run across the road. Looks like I'm going to have to do more low impact exercise, like kettle bell swings.
Emma, you don't have to do this at every workout. Personally, I dread doing anything high intensity. But I do try to do some short 'bursts' a couple of times a week.
Fantastic list of exercises here. I do a lot of them and I'm amazed at the benefits they've had to my body shape and fitness.
The benefits of HIIT are that you can fit it around a lunchbreak as well, you don't need hours to do a workout.
Sounds good to me. Should you try to do this at every workout?
Plyometrics are built into all my workouts - others wonder what I'm doing but when I explain many often give them a go themselves - the benefits really are worth it. I feel like my workouts are so much more effective now I'm adding at least a few plyometric exercises to the end of each.
Oh yes, this is my workout. I LOVE the short intense effort of anaerobic exercise moments. It makes you feel very powerful to be in charge of your body when it's screaming at you to stop. Only good for a few seconds though, and you really do feel the physical benefits quickly.
For me, consciously adding in some anaerobic training made a big difference to my fitness in a short time. Definitely worth knowing about. Thanks.
I know this is something I should do more of. Great post.
Interval training is tough! I do the run from lamppost to lamppost method, altering my stride for each section. It's a killer, but it really helps fitness.
I wonder if this is why I find my stamina improves quickly when I add sprints to my runs. Just simple stuff like 'i will run my fastest to the next lamppost', but it really makes a difference and feels like my lungs have more room in them!!
definite no pain, no gain here! I will try some interval sprints, 15 seconds sounds good to me at present!