Interval Training: Why and some workout ideas
Interval training, or HIIT, is one of my favorite ways to workout. It's so versatile. You can tailor it to any level of fitness so that anyone can do it. I've been training this way for years, and I don't see myself changing that anytime soon. So, what is interval training?
"Interval training is a type of training that involves a series of high-intensity workouts interspersed with rest or relief periods. The high-intensity periods are typically at or close to anaerobic exercise, while the recovery periods involve activity of lower intensity."
- Jump Roping for 30 seconds and then going straight into a wall-sit for 30 seconds (5x)
- One minute walk and then run/stride for 30 yards (5x)
- Regular walk for 30 seconds and then speed walk for 30 seconds (5x)
There are a lot of reasons to love this style of training, but my main ones are:
- It allows you to get in shape faster, with a lower risk of injury
- It helps you build a true cardio and strength base
- You can adjust the times and tempo according to your current needs. Everyone can do it!
- You can make it as easy or difficult as you'd like
- It keeps your heart rate up, so you improve your cardio with less effort. And the higher the heart rate, the higher the fat burn.
- Because you switch up the pace, motions, and exercises so much, you avoid repetition and boredom.
Shea's Running Interval Workout
Total Workout Time: 30 Minutes
Interval Times: 90 seconds walking/1 minute jogging (12x)
Total Jogging Time: 12 Minutes
Keep in mind that while you're jogging, you should be able to hold a conversation. If you can't, your pace might be a little too fast. This workout is slightly harder than last week's, but it's a great way to challenge yourself without risking burnout or injury.
Check out Shea Collinsworth’s Running Ebook: Kickstart To Running an 8 week Guide. Build your running base and build to running true miles while avoiding too much too soon!