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Get Results with Interval Training

Add Fun and Variety to Your Workouts

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  • Doing the intervals gives you something else to think about and makes the time fly by!
  • Feeling a burning sensation in muscles is a sign that you have done something wrong! If you have warmed up, then exercised your muscles should only feel "warmed" - if you feel a "tingle" then the build up of lactic acid in the muscle is increased because you haven't warmed them up enough, having a "burning" sensation is when the muscles go into shock! (ie you jump into freezing water... I think there should be a little better description on what your muscles should feel like - as people feeling the "burn" are usually intense work outs - and the "feel the burn" is merely a description of the workout - not what they are actually feeling! You should feel really warmed to know you are working out correctly!
  • LIVINGBYGRACE
    What is the difference between "use" and utilize? It is a fitness article not a a scrabble game so no extra points for extra letters!
  • I used to walk outside by myself and or used the treadmill (not one with a programme). I then started using the bike we got some time ago with an interval trainer built in (not a great one) But it seems to do the trick and thats all that matters to me.
  • I just listened to a podcast about this and the results that interval training can have. I am giving it a try.
  • Intervals are SUPER FUN, and are practically the only way that I exercise. I sometimes do endurance training.

    But I love this!
    Jocelyn
  • NATURAL2B
    great info and a novel way to keep it interesting and not boring while out there chugging along.
  • JUST-AMY
    Intervals: No fun if you're pushing through them, but very effective. Therefore, why not interval?
  • I did these when running xc, but it's so hard for me to want to do them! I've got that hour in my day where I want to run, and interval training is not going to be what I choose. When I run, my mind and body want distances.
  • I do spin (cycle) classes, and it seems like it is interval training. There is fast pedaling, then slow down, over and over. We add higher tension for climbs, then lower it. It has been very effective for me- I have lost over 45 pounds in the last year, and I think regular spin classes have helped the most. I wonder if these classes would be considered "interval training?"
  • KEMCNAIR
    Oh yeah. I remember doing HIIT on the treadmill. I hated it with a passion, but I loved the results. Alas, these knees won't allow anything more intense than a 3.5/hr pace.
  • SPARKYGONE
    I definitely remember doing these when I ran track and cross-country. Our coach was also a big fan of fartleks (another type of interval training which i remember primarily because of the name). They can definitely turn a long boring workout into a much more fun and entertaining one. And they work! Speed/interval training one of the best ways to improve your overall race pace. It gets you used to running faster and for longer periods of time. And it's great that you can incorporate them into just about any exercise workout. Like my track coach's advice for running: "run faster and turn left." Good luck, everyone!
  • these intervals seem like a wonderful way to spruce things up... I am determined to stay with it this time but to be putting my cardio off until 10:00 at night is a bummer! Maybe this will make things more fun so I WANT to do it!
  • I hike to the top of a mountain five days per week. Last week I started running up the mountain until I can't...My legs and arms burn when I do this. Thank you for explaining what that burn is;anaerobic workout.
  • BIBLECHICK
    I've tried many different methods to get in shape/better cardiovascular condition--and this by far works the best for me and my body type. What I like too is that you can do this method with any exercise combo--machines, walking, running, swimming, or an exercise video--focusing on "easy pace" followed by "kicking up the intensity" during the video.

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