Exercise Less, Gain More - High Intensity Training for Busy Individuals

By Sharon Moore on September 07, 2012

If you’re like most working professionals, doing exercise is probably the last thing on your mind, unless you are super body conscious. But admit it – it is hard to find time for exercising in this oh-so busy world. Fortunately, there’s a better workout method for busy people. Instead of spending 20 minutes a day, you could exercise for just thirty minutes once a week, yet, still get more of the benefits that traditional exercising brings.

Experts call it high-intensity strength training or interval training. This approach is not new. In fact, it was practised even during the 1980s. However, it only started gaining popularity these days. Research has shown that high intensity training workouts promise all the benefits of aerobics and strength exercises in just a fraction of time spent on regular exercises.

Benefits of Serious Strength Training

Such serious workout is currently practised by athletes. It has been scientifically proven to improve stamina, strength and endurance. According to some adherents like Dr McGuff, a room physician in South Carolina and author of the book Body by Science, just one workout per week is sufficient, but twice a week is ideal. He gives high regard to this special approach to exercising because it’s ability to eliminate diabetes, gout, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and all other illnesses brought by living a sedentary lifestyle and eating modern food.

In his book Slow Burn Fitness Revolution, Fred Hahn describes the benefits of undergoing high-intensity workouts. He says it improves blood pressure, increases the level of good cholesterol in the blood, maintains blood sugar, builds muscular strength and endurance, lowers down triglyceride levels, and regulates insulin sensitivity. 

The Serious Strength Training by Tudor Bompa presents the scientifically-based methods for achieving good health and ultimate physique. He didn’t just show the ways to perform high-intensity training, but also provided information on nutrition and new exercises that would help people maximise their strength and muscle definition. The book also gives tips on how to structure one’s diet to meet their individual metabolic profiles.

Despite the growing body of research supporting the superiority of high-intensity training over all other forms of exercises, many are still sceptical of how a short workout period could benefit the body. But according to proponents, everyone has a genetic limit to how strong they can get, or how big their muscles can grow, no matter how much exercising they do.

Pushing yourself to the limits

High-intensity training is all about pushing yourself to the limits. Marcel Haasters, a German who runs the Kieser Training gym in London’s Camden Town, says they target professional, middle-aged executives who want to exercise in a serious manner. “It’s not for typical gym users but people who don’t like gyms.”

Still, all those who support high-intensity workouts agree that it s not the training alone that will help people get the body and fitness they want. Proper nutrition is still necessary to achieve optimum health.


Source of this article:

Serious Strength Training, Tudor Bompa (Author), Lorenzo J. Cornacchia (Author), Mauro G.Di Pasquale (Editor)

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