Many of you get stuck at a point where you don’t seem to be losing any more weight and you get frustrated with this point. Well this article is written for you, so I hope you are paying attention!
First of all, I must make a note that many of you get way to stuck on the whole weight issue. Stop weighing yourself, this is extremely self destructive and does not mean anything. Muscle weighs more than fat, so although you may not be losing weight you are most likely losing fat and gaining muscle.
You need to focus on how good working out makes you feel. Really focus your energy on your post-workout euphoria and sense of accomplishment…this is going to get you on the right track to reaching your goals, not some scale which gives you some number to fixate on. Change your mentality and focus on this one area and you are on your way.
All that aside, let’s take a look at one of the best ways of getting you out of plateau and seeing some results…the method of training that I am talking about is called Interval Training.[ad#ad-2]
What is Interval Training?
Have you been running on the treadmill at the same pace for the past couple years? Stop! Let’s shake it up with interval training. What this means is that instead of running at one speed we’re going to fluctuate your speed on the treadmill, elliptical trainer, or however else you are getting your cardio.
So let’s say you have been running at 6mph for 30minutes in one session. Now what we want to do is to get up to 6mph and after 5minutes when you’re all warmed up, take it up a notch to 8mph for 30seconds. Then bring it back down to 6mph for another minute, and do this cycle again for as long as you can.
What are the benefits of Interval Training?
By practicing interval training you have introduced a major shock to your cardiovascular system, and this is what you need to do in order to succeed in burning away fat. The best part of interval training (in which you are introducing sprinting) is that you increase your fast-twitch muscle fibres and this in turn causes your body to burn up more fuel.
Another added benefit is that you will become more agile which can enhance any sport you play in.
Common Mistakes with Interval Training
One of the biggest mistakes that people do when tackling interval training is that they don’t give enough time to warm up their muscles. When you start to introduce anything that has high intensity levels it is always essential that you warm up your muscles adequately with low level intensity and gradually increase your speed.
A good 5minutes is adequate for your warm up as long as you begin to start breaking a sweat. The warm up allows your body to start pumping blood quicker and more aggressively to supply your muscles with the fuel they need for the increased intensity ahead.
If you get cramps often, this is one of the reasons why. You haven’t given enough time for your muscles and cardiovascular system to adequately pump blood and remove waste products from exercising.
I hope this article has been very helpful for you in explaining what interval training is and how it can help you take your workouts to the next level. Start out slowly, and gradually increase your intensity every time. It’s important for you to challenge yourself at every workout to make changes in your body happen (our body has an incredible ability to adjust to exercise).
Have you tried interval training? How has it worked out for you? Leave a comment below: