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    Question about HIIT

    Our ‘Y’ has an indoor track and I’ve started using it for twice a week HIIT sessions, alternating a relaxed jog and sprints.

    Which is more important for this type of training –
    • keeping the jog laps up at a decent pace so my heart rate, breathing, etc. never fully relax / recover, or
    • letting the jog laps slow way down, thereby allowing me to really push the sprint intervals?

    It really is one or the other - if the jog laps are kept up at a decent pace, it definitely limits what I can do during the sprint intervals. Which is the real goal here?

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    What are your personal goals?

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    To lose that last 5lbs around the belly that only showed up after 45. It was the last weight on and it seems to be the last weight to go. I'm already doing 3 or 4 day per week strength training routine, with mostly the big compound lifts, except where aging joints force me to use alternative exercises. The diet has been steadily improving; cutting out the bad habits (sugar cravings and salt snacks) was easy; whats harder is eating as much good stuff as I'm supposed to. (I live on the road and eat out 90% of meals - that can't change unless I win Lotto, so eating more often and more good stuff is the big challenge.) HIIT seems to offer many benefits, crank my metabolism, allow to get a cardio workout without wanting to jump off the treadmill into oncoming traffic, etc. It seems like my best shot, along with improving diet, to nail those last 5lbs. (maybe 8lbs.......)

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    The goal of HIIT is high intensity. So you should focus on short burst sprints (15-20 seconds) and 45-40 Seconds recovery.
    So sprint 110 yards, walk, then rinse/repeat

    You should not be able to do more then 5-10 at a true 100% intensity if you are pushing your true limits. You will build up capacity the longer you continue to practice HIIT and get your body conditioned.
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    If all you want to do is boost your fat loss by adding cardio to your training, it really doesn't matter what kind it is. Try adding 15 - 30 minutes of moderate to high intensity cardio of whatever activity you like 2-5 times a week.

    Personally, I do 5k runs a few times a week when I'm in fat loss mode. Absolutely necessary? No. Very helpful in accelerating fat loss? Yes.

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    Your heart rate is going to remain elevated regardless. But the lower intensity intervals are intended as "active rest" so that you can then go on to perform more high intensity.
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    HIIT can be very effective as long as you're really working to your max. Try 15 seconds on 45 seconds "off". In the 15 seconds on sprint full out, then recover with a slow 45 second jog You should only be able to do it for 10-15 mins.

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    really pushing the hard interval is what I believe strongly in and have always done!

 

 

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