Monday, September 23, 2013

It Takes Another HIIT

Just in on my feeds is an article on the benefits of High Intensity Training, even for those with heart disease! How cool! So, here is the opening of that article:

I love HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training
I love HIIT because…
  1. it works really, really well to help my clients get fit really, really fast,
  2. it helps my clients drop excess body-fat really, really fast
  3. and because it is really simple to program HIIT workouts and it fits into the busiest of schedules really, really well.
Unfortunately, not everyone sees HIIT like I do. 
There is a large group of trainers and fitness “experts” who…
  • think that low intensity cardio is superior to HIIT for developing aerobic fitness, and
  • fear that the High Intensity aspect of HIIT is dangerous to the health of their clients.
Their concern is that people with less than perfect cardiac function are at imminent risk of suffering a heart attack if their trainer puts them on a HIIT protocol. Which makes sense….if you haven’t read a medical journal in the past few years and still believe that low intensity cardio is the only safe way to improve cardiac function.

Here is a link to the rest of the article. The long and short of it is, do HIIT. It works!

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