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Increasing Training Volume: 7 Signs It’s Not A Great Idea

Increasing Training Volume: 7 Signs It’s Not A Great Idea

Increasing Training Volume: 7 Signs It’s Not A Great Idea

By David J. Epstein, M.S., CSCS, FASTCP (Fitness Specialist)

The last few years have seen a surge in interest in high intensity interval training (HIIT). HIIT workouts are characterized by short bursts of intense exercise followed by periods of rest or recovery. These types of workouts are often used for improving fitness levels and burning fat during weight loss programs. They are also popular among marathon runners because they allow them to complete their workouts faster than if they were doing traditional long runs.

While there is no doubt that these types of workouts improve athletic performance, it seems like everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. There are many benefits associated with HIIT workouts such as increased strength, endurance, flexibility and even fat burning. However, there are some drawbacks to HIIT workouts as well. For one thing, they tend to be very difficult to perform correctly. Also, most people don’t realize that they may not actually get the benefit of these type of workouts unless they do them regularly.

Finally, while HIIT workouts can certainly help burn body fat when done frequently enough, it isn’t necessarily going to make you run faster or further than someone who doesn’t workout at all!

So what does this mean?

Well let’s say that both you and your buddy want to prepare for the upcoming 5K race that is coming up in a few months. Your buddy puts his faith in all the latest research, buys a fancy new HIIT treadmill, and is really psyched to start getting in shape. So much so that he is going to do a full blown HIIT session every day! You on the other hand aren’t convinced by the new research and you decide that your regular walking program (in which you walk 3 miles a day, 5 days a week) will prepare you just as well.

Who do you think is going to be in better shape when the race comes around?

While it’s true that both of you are exercising, your more traditional exercise regime is still going to have many benefits that the fancy new HIIT stuff can’t offer you. The fact is, that when it comes to exercise, more is not always better. You don’t need to spend a fortune on fancy equipment or do short intense workouts everyday in order to get in shape!

The question that you have to ask yourself is this: Do I really need to spend a lot of money on expensive equipment in order to get into better shape?

While there’s nothing wrong with buying a treadmill or stationary bike if you really feel like you need one, you don’t really need them. The plain and simple truth is, you can get in the best shape of your life with no equipment whatsoever!

The real key to remember is that you’re more likely to stick to your fitness program and continue exercising on a regular basis if it’s something you enjoy. So whether you like walking, jogging, biking, swimming, rollerblading, playing a sport or whatever, as long as you’re doing some form of aerobic exercise (in which your heart rate is elevated) on a regular basis then you’re going to get in shape!

The fact is, research has also shown that short, but more frequent workouts (such as three 20 minute workouts per day) can be just as effective for losing weight as longer workouts. As a matter of fact, if you look at the latest studies on HIIT training, you’ll find that while it does produce better results than regular cardio in the short run, after 2-3 months, the differences disappear completely!

Long story short, if you really want to get in shape, stick with the program that you enjoy. Don’t waste your money on fancy equipment or overpriced gym memberships and most importantly, find an exercise that you like and do it on a regular basis.

The good news is that getting in shape and losing weight doesn’t have to be hard! By simply walking approximately 5 miles a day (combined with healthy eating) you’ll lose weight fast.

This is a simple, albeit boring way to do it, but hey, if you lose weight fast, then you’ll also keep it off fast right?

So stick with it and enjoy the benefits of keeping your body healthy and fit!

Thanks for reading and please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments that you may have!

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