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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/13/13 3:32 P

I have to agree with Sarge. Working in a style that does not use oxygen is not the same thing as depriving your body of oxygen.

Anaerobic exercise is a valuable part of any training programme and has many benefits. It is not harmful.

Edited by: UNIDENT at: 4/13/2013 (15:32)
Deb, in New Zealand
4/13/13 12:17 P

A couple of corrections if I may. While anaerobic does mean without oxygen interval training is not a form of oxygen deprivation in a clinical sense. Doing interval training does not deprive the brain of oxygen per se anaerobic in this use means that the oxygen in the blod can not be replaced as rapidly as it being used.

I have no idea how an aerobic boot camp workout can be called "Tabata style" since by definition the Tabata Protocol is a form of high intensity interval training making it an anaerobic workout.

Any form of interval training should be restricted to no more than twice a week with once a week the preferred choice.

It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

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Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

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4EVERNESS Posts: 1,161
4/13/13 11:25 A

I can agree that interval training is good. However, I do not agree whatsoever with the benefit of anaerobic reactions presented in Get Results with Interval Training
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-- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer

Oxygen deprivation is not good......there are ways to minimize this risk and increase the efficiency of your workouts with proper breathing.....basic college bio 101!

We worry about mental health as well, by giving self positive reinforcement for masochism associated with fitness...rather than the enjoyment of sound mind and body!

Edited by: 4EVERNESS at: 4/13/2013 (11:35)
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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 59,020
4/13/13 11:17 A

I agree with the previous poster that it's not the same as running, but other types of interval workouts will improve your fitness level, cardiovascular endurance, etc., which are all things that will indirectly help you improve as a runner. Although they aren't a substitute for running, they can still have benefit overall.

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4/13/13 9:35 A

Probably not, no; running is a very specific activity which activates your muscles in very specific ways; boot camp will improve lung capacity, strength, etc, but it's not necessarily going to be a replacement for running intervals, unless it involve running intervals. :)

Bootcamps are wildly different depending on the class, too; the one I used to take would alternate between strength training and cardio.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 4/13/2013 (09:43)
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AUSFAM Posts: 113
4/13/13 9:34 A

I know the importance of using interval training when running: they help to increase stamina, time, and distance. I'm wondering do aerobic intervals help, too? Meaning, if I do a bootcamp session 2 times a week that is focused heavily on Tabata style does that help increase all of the same thing running intervals do?

Of course, I'm not going to substitute boot camp for running intervals, but I hope that the boot camp might help to 'fill in' for a couple of interval runs I've changed to long distances.

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