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Why Interval Training Is The Best Cardio For Fat Loss

Maybe you’ve heard of interval training. Maybe you haven’t. Chances are you’ve done interval training it and just didn’t know it. Have you ever tried to chase a loose dog through an open park? I’ve seen people do this countless times. I recently saw a guy try to take his dog home after Frisbee tossing in a local park.

The dog, which was pretty smart simply wasn’t ready to go. The dog would run away for a few seconds, stop, start again, dart this way and that and then take off for what seemed like a country mile.

Even though his owner looked like he was in pretty good shape, he gave up in less than 5 minutes because he simply wasn’t conditioned to work in that energy system. And as a result, he was doubled over, completely out of breath, and unable to do much of anything.

That’s interval training in raw form: you’re causing your muscles to perform at a high intensity level followed by short periods of rest.

In short with interval training, you basically get really out of breath, recover, catch your breath then repeat.

The short bursts of “all out effort” will typically be anywhere from 15-60 seconds. The most common forms of interval training involve 20-30 second bursts, followed by 1:00-2:00 recovery periods.

The activity you choose doesn’t matter, so long as it allows you to work large muscle groups in a high intensity manner, getting your heart rate really elevated.

It can be running, biking, swimming, rowing, fast walk on an incline, bodyweight exercises like mountain climbers, burpees, etc.

Interval training: work really hard, get out of breath, recover and repeat.

So how does this help people burn fat any differently than the typical cardio workout done at a steady state (for example: walking, jogging, elliptical trainer, etc for 30-45 minutes).

The biggest difference is with interval training, your body releases increased amounts of powerful fat burning hormones; growth hormone and adrenaline.

The growth hormone and adrenaline rush is created by the short burst of all out effort. It’s like putting yourself into a “fight or flight situation.”

Now there’s nothing wrong with some low to moderate intensity cardio as well. In fact, the most effective cardio workout routines will include both done at different times of the week.

You simply can’t replicate the fat burning benefits of interval training due to the hormonal impact it has on your body.

Numerous studies have shown that 30 minutes of interval training can actually be more effective than 60 minutes of low-moderate intensity “aerobic” workouts.

So if you’re ready to get serious about losing body fat, let me ask you this: would you rather jump around to video of bad music for an hour led by a semi-celebrity or get involved in an intense, effective workout that produces results?

Shane Doll CPT, CSCS is a certified Charleston personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts Personal Training Studios. Learn more how you can receive a FREE no obligations trial of our Charleston personal training programs and experience the Shaping Concepts difference for yourself.

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