Lose twice as much fat in half the time

Hi Guys

By now many of you might be settling into your New Year fitness regimes. But then some of you might be ready to give up already.

Maybe you’ve had enough of:

  • slogging away on the treadmill
  • tedious 60-minute sessions at the gym after a tough day at work
  • having to eat like a monk and deny yourself your favourite foods, just to try and lose a few pounds

Sound familiar? I speak to so many people who say this is how they’re feeling. They’re full of good intentions but after just a few weeks they’re fed up with sacrificing time, money and effort – and not getting the results they deserve.

What if I told you that there’s a way of training that can get you TWICE the results in HALF the time?

It’s called High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T) and it’s a way of exercising that has been scientifically proven to get better results and make those long, hard slogs on the treadmill a thing of the past.

The myth of go-slow cardio
You may have heard talk about slow/ steady cardio as the key to getting in the “Fat Burning Zone” and the best/ only way of burning calories.

Well, that’s not quite true. Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a place for gentle cardio. I’m a big advocate of brisk walking as a way of keeping active and healthy. However, if you’re one of those people I mentioned who wants to get quick results, then H.I.I.T could be the answer for you. It has been proven to get the same results doing 20 minutes of H.I.I.T as you do in 60 – 90 minutes of steady cardio.

How H.I.I.T works
The amount of calories you burn in your daily routine is determined by your metabolic rate. Essentially, the higher your metabolism, the more calories you burn, and the more bodyfat you attack.

When you do slow, steady cardio your body goes into a steady state. It has adjusted to the rhythm and speed of your activity and is doing its best to conserve energy by not burning calories.

H.I.I.T works by shocking the body out of this steady state. It incorporates intense bursts of activity, mixed up with periods of rest. It causes your metabolism to spike and stay that way so you burn more calories for longer. You’ll keep burning calories - and fat - when you’re in the office, on the sofa or even when you’re asleep.

No matter what level of fitness you are – whether you’re a beginner or advanced, interval training can dramatically improve your athletic performance. It will work on the treadmill, the rowing machine, the bike or the x-trainer. Or if you prefer the great outdoors, you can do sprints in a nearby field or intense bursts on a bike ride.

Here’s a sample H.I.I.T programme:

  • 60 seconds work eg fast run/ cycle
  • 60 seconds rest (eg gentle walk/ cycle)
  • Repeat this five times.

As you get better, increase your number of intervals and intensity of your “work” interval. Don’t do more than 20 minutes in total. That’s all you need.

Give it a try. But make sure you’re doing it safely and within your limits. Next week I’ll be talking about the benefits of using weights. When you combine weights and H.I.I.T that’s when you’ll really get great results.

Pass this on to anyone (friends, family, colleagues) you think would find this useful. And just drop me an email if you’ve got any questions.

Take it easy,

Founder, Absolute PT

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