Short-term high-intensity training, also called interval training, is a very popular method recently used to reduce body fat, but are we sure everyone should immediately start training with this method? I will try to explain in a few sentences how it works.
Interval training is primarily mixed effort of varying intensity with an incomplete rest break, but with a low volume of effort. The time of such effort is from a few to several minutes. The intensity curve informs us that the greater the intensity of the effort, the more energy the body draws from carbohydrates. We also know that high intensity of effort promotes an increase in resting metabolism and a greater use of fat energy! That is why interval training turns out to be so effective in fighting obesity.
ADVANTAGES OF INTERVAL TRAINING
- Short time of effort: Usually it lasts from 4-20 min. We should not do it more often than 48h 2-3x a week.
- High efficiency: A properly selected interval effort combined with a diet gives a great effect in the form of fat reduction.
- You can do it anywhere: We do not need a professional gym to perform intervals. We might as well use exercises with your own body weight or running in the field.
- No monotony: I assure you that interval training will not be boring like classic jogging, it is training for people who like challenges.
DISADVANTAGES OF INTERVAL TRAINING
- Risk of injury: After all, intervals are high-intensity training which is somewhat a challenge for our body and therefore require maximum effort, poorly performed can lead to injury. If you are just starting out, it’s best if you perform them under the watchful eye of a professional trainer.
- Difficulty level: Interval efforts are not the easiest ones, you need some time and proper preparation to fully use their effectiveness.