Tired of spending hours on the treadmill or elliptical? Ready to see some results? It’s time to try Interval Training. With a long list of benefits, this type of training is just want you need to see significant changes in your body and have fun!
BENEFITS OF INTERVAL TRAINING & INCORPORATING IT INTO YOUR WORKOUTS
We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results.’ This phrase tends to come to mind when I see ladies at the gym on the treadmill or elliptical day after day. Or when I have participants in my class continually use the 2.5# weights, when they can clearly use a heavier set.
For me, I workout not only to reap the benefits of physical activity, but I also want to become faster, stronger, and more shapely. I know many women at the gym want to lose weight, to tone up, to look better in a bikini…or their skinny jeans. We want to workout to be a better version of ourselves.
So, it baffles me why we continue to lift the same weight or spend the same amount of time on the treadmill, when we are not seeing the results we desire (Note, workouts are not the only factor when it comes to body change). And if we aren’t having fun. I’m a firm believer that workouts should be enjoyable.
Why not switch things up? What if there were a type of training that has the potential to yield quicker and more significant results, provide amazing benefits, and take less time then when is spent on those cardio machines?
>>> I’m launching a 6 week pre-holiday online bootcamp starting November 2nd. This is the perfect opportunity to try out interval workouts and reap the benefits. Email me for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENTER: INTERVAL TRAINING
With the exception of maybe a handful, nearly every workout on the blog is an interval workout. [[Side note: I reorganized the WORKOUTS tab, making things a little cleaner and easier to find. Take a peek.]]
One reason I love interval workouts is because I am constantly challenging my body. Squat jumps for 45 seconds, rest 30 seconds, then back at it with push ups for 45 seconds. It challenges my muscles and my brain.
When I’m short on time, interval workouts are my go-to. If I am pushing my body at 75-85% of my max at each interval, I’m still getting in a solid workout in 20 minutes, instead of spending 45 minutes on the treadmill.
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Studies link interval training with a long list of benefits, some of which include:
- Greater EPOC (Excessive Postexercise Oxygen Consumption – a state in which the body’s metabolism is elevated after a workout, aka, more oxygen consumed after a workout, which means more calories are burned) [1, 2, 3]
- Boosts Metabolism [1, 2]
- Produces a greater decrease in weight loss, BMI, and waist circumference 
- Builds lean muscle tissue quicker than steady state 
- Provides numerous cardiovascular, metabolic, and skeletal-muscle benefits 
INCORPORATING INTERVAL TRAINING INTO YOUR WORKOUTS
Ladies, if you’ve been loyal to your cardio machines and are looking for a way to switch up your workout program to start seeing results, I encourage you to try out interval training. I have a variety to choose from on the blog, to get you started. However, if you are looking to create your own interval workouts, check out this infographic.
I use my interval timer, every single day. Most of the workouts I do with clients and my classes are interval based, along with the majority of workouts I do on a daily basis. An interval timer is the easiest way to keep track of time.
How was your weekend? We did not one, but 2 fall things: corn maze on Friday & pumpkin patch on Saturday. I had a pretty fun and relaxing weekend with my Hubs. And we got the cutest pumpkins! I did a good amount of food prep in a short amount of time on Sunday too, all the fall soups! More recipes to come, plus some nutrition talk this week.
Are interval workouts part of your workout routine? How was your weekend?