Everyone who lifts weights has a “thing” that they swear by. Whether it’s a staple exercise or a certain technique, someone will always try and push their methodologies on someone else, debating that their way of training is second to none. That may or may not be true, but as everyone is different and reacts to protocols differently, it is impossible to say whether one training philosophy is better or worse than the next. What we can do, however, is to compare different methodologies and see which ones fit better into your lifestyle, or maybe even combine a variety of training methods to see which fits best. Here, we are gonna talk about CrossFit. Now then… some of you might wanna crucify us for talking about the dreaded CrossFit, and others may want to sing our praises – whatever you wanna do… is cool wit us, yo!
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No, the title of the article was not a misprint. We did not mean hit – we meant HIIT – as in High Intensity Interval Training.
For far too long, gyms been filled with men and women doing the treadmill, stairmaster, elliptical, etc. for countless, boring minutes! What the hell is the point? Slow steady-state cardio has far and wide been proven inferior to HIIT type of caridio. Stop wasting your time!
What is High Intensity Interval Training?
HIIT involves short, explosive bursts of about 15-45 seconds, followed by 30-90 seconds of slow pace (or rest altogether), and then repeating the cycle for about 15-20 minutes.
HIIT does not burn your hard earned muscle, and it primarily focuses on using fat for energy, rather than carbs for energy which slow steady-state cardio does.
HIIT has been scientifically proven, many times, to be the superior form of cardio for athletes and lifters of all varieties – goals do not matter. The concept is the same – you do HIIT – you lose fat!
Not only that, but studies have shown that HIIT also increases your max VO2 oxygen levels, which was once an argument for keeping traditional cardio in your routine. This myth has been debunked, thankfully. HIIT rules all!!
Let it be known, HIIT cardio can be done with almost anything traditional cardio can be done with. Treadmills, elliptical, running, stationary bike, jump rope, and the list goes on and on.
The only thing different is you are going balls-to-the-wall as hard and fast as you can, followed by slightly longer slower pace, or rest, in between your explosive bursts. What a workout! Continue Reading…