As life gets ever busier and more hectic not everyone has the time to spend hours in the gym or fitness classes. However, research now shows that you don’t have to spend an age slogging away on a treadmill to see improvements in your health and fitness.
High Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT) is a style of training which combines very short periods of intense exercise with short rest periods.
In fact some studies have shown that 15 minutes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can deliver the same physiological benefits (such as improved endurance, and reduced risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes) as three hours of long, slow running.
HIIT sessions require maximal, or close to maximal, efforts. This means you rely primarily on your anaerobic system for energy. Remember that working at this level of intensity is going to be tough! And as with any exercise regime you should check with your doctor before embarking on it.
Here are a couple of examples of HITT programmes you can try in the gym
On a treadmill
Set the incline to one per cent. Warm up by running gently, gradually building speed, for 10 minutes. On an effort scale of one to 10, you should be at five to six by the end. Run 30 seconds at close to maximal speed, jog gently for three minutes. Repeat four to six times.
On a the exercise bike
Following a short warm-up, try four to six bouts of maximal sprint efforts, each lasting for 30 seconds, and follow with four minutes of easy spinning recovery.
Glasgow Club Half Hour Classes
The Glasgow Club realises that people are becoming ever more time conscious and with this in mind have introduced fitness classes to meet this demand. Why not give our half hour Metafit or CXWORX classes a try.