Welcome to one of the biggest secrets to rapid weight loss: High Intensity Interval Training
High intensity interval training, also called anaerobic exercises, flies under the radar in the general fitness community as most people tend to focus on building their strength, flexibility, and stamina. Anaerobic style training is usually found in high performance sports, such as professional ice hockey or tennis. It is also one of the best types of workout for anyone looking to reach their peak fitness potential.
Aerobic VS Anaerobic
Here’s a quick overview of the difference between aerobic exercises and anaerobic exercise. Aerobic is basic cardio work, we use the oxygen we breath in to meet our energy demands of the exercise. When you run at about 60 to 70% of your maximum heart rate, you can probably go on for about 30 minutes to an hour correct? That’s a typical aerobic exercise. It is part of building stamina and is known by mostly anyone who knows fitness.
Anaerobic exercise is much more intense than basic cardio. The word “anaerobic” means “without oxygen”, so you can kind of figure out where we’re getting at. We work at a hardcore training level so that our heart rate moves up to 80-95% of max heart rate. At this point, we can only sustain the movement or exercise for approximate 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Any longer than 2 minutes, we will have to slow down to an aerobic pace.
The benefit of working at such high intensity is that it does two things: rapid weight loss and increase muscle toning. A lot of fitness trainers are using this interval training system a lot more now due to its effectiveness.
For those who are not excited to run to the gym and try this out, I’ve designed this routine so we can all do this type of training at the comfort of your own home! Though you will sweat a lot and will have to wipe up the floor after you’re done!
High Intensity Workout Routine for Home
1) Push Ups for 45 seconds (for added difficulty, put your feet up on a elevated surface)
2) Knee Tuck Jumps for 45 seconds (land lightly on your toes, try not to disturb the folks living downstairs)
3) Leg Split in Push Up Position for 45 seconds (get in push up position, with legs together. Open your legs and close them back together)
4) High Knees for 45 seconds
5) Jumping Lunges for 45 seconds (start in lunge position, jumped up and switch legs, and land on the other leg in lunge position)
In between each exercise, take a 5-10 second break. This will give you a short amount of time to recover. During rest, make sure you take deep, bellowing breaths in to regain energy and oxygen.
At the end of the set, take a 2 minute rest. Do this routine 3-4 times for maximum effectiveness.
Do this routine 2 to 3 times a week. Try to get one days rest between workouts.
This workout should feel exhausting at first, and you may need a couple days of recovery after the first few times. Most of the time, it is because our body is so used to having enough oxygen. This workout starves the body of proper oxygen intake, so make sure you take it slow in the beginning. Given approximately 2 weeks, your body will adjust and get into a good groove.
Let’s put it this way, anaerobic exercises is not for everyone. It takes a special dedication and endurance to survive these grueling fitness routines. Famous workouts like “Insanity” is tough on the body, but in a short period of time, the results show drastically.