8 Benefits of an Interval Workout from Handstand
Circuits & Intervals, a workout on Handstand that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest, you achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes than the person jogging on the treadmill for an hour.
It sounds too simple to be effective, but science doesn't stretch the truth. Read on for eight proven benefits of interval training at high intensity. Book your first session below!
Super-efficient HIIT is the ideal workout for a busy schedule. Research shows you can achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes of interval training (done three times a week) than the girl jogging on the treadmill for an hour. AND according to a 2011 study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, just 2 weeks of high-intensity intervals improves your aerobic capacity as much as 6 to 8 weeks of endurance training.
YOU'LL BURN MORE FAT
Not only do you burn more calories during a circuits & intervals workout on high intensity, but the effect of all that intense exertion kicks your body's repair cycle into hyperdrive. That means you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after the workout than you do after, say, a steady-pace run.
YOU'LL BUILD A HEALTHIER HEART
Most people aren't used to pushing into the anaerobic zone (that lovely place where you can't breathe and you feel like your heart is trying to jump out of your chest). But in this case, extreme training produces extreme results. One 2006 study found that after 8 weeks of doing high intensity intervals workouts, subjects could bicycle twice as long as they could before the study, while maintaining the same pace.
THERE'S NO EQUIPMENT NECESSARY (unless you want there to be)
Running, biking, jump roping, and rowing all work great for HIIT, but you don't need any equipment to get it done. Your Handstand trainer will run you through it all before you know it - High knees, fast feet, or anything plyometric (ie jumping lunges) work just as well to get your heart rate up fast. In fact, some equipment like dumbbells can make it less effective because you want the focus to be on pushing your heart to its max, not your biceps.
YOU LOSE WEIGHT, NOT MUSCLE
Anyone who has been on a diet knows that it's hard to not lose muscle mass along with fat. While steady state cardio seems to encourage muscle loss, studies show that interval workouts allow dieters to preserve their hard-earned muscles while ensuring most of the weight lost comes from fat stores. Win/win!
YOU'LL INCREASE YOUR METABOLISM
In addition to increased fat burning and more muscle preserved, high intensity circuits & intervals stimulates production of your human growth hormone (HGH) by up to 450 percent during the 24 hours after you finish your workout. This is great news since HGH is not only responsible for increased caloric burn but also slows down the aging process, making you younger both inside and out!
YOU CAN DO IT ANYWHERE
You can do it in a boat, you can do it with a goat. You can do it here or there, you can do it anywhere! Dr. Seuss would have loved it. Since it's such a simple concept—go at maximum effort for a short period of time followed by a recovery period and repeat—you can adapt it to whatever time and space constraints you have.
IT'S SERIOUSLY CHALLENGING
This is not a workout you can do while reading a magazine or chatting with your friend. Because it's so fast and short (and fun, with your Handstand trainer), you will be working hard the whole time. The trade-off is this format offers seasoned exercisers a new challenge and new exercisers a quick way to see results. You may be in pain, you may be sucking wind, but you definitely won't be bored!
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