by Lauren Walker All Fit/All Ages Gym

What is high-intensity training?

I love doing high-intensity cardiovascular training. It refers to doing short bouts of high-intensity exercise. It’s important to understand what this program entails and if it’s right for you. Let’s look at the facts about this particular training method.

Fitness level

High-intensity training requires short bouts of high-intensity movement. Think of it as moving quickly for a short time with a short rest in between. The average beginner is not at the same fitness level as those who do this kind of exercise, so this may not be ideal. For example, a beginner is someone who would benefit from a low to moderate program such as walking or using a rowing machine. Keep in mind, we start in small doses and gradually build-up time. For an inexperienced exerciser, any form of movement will be a challenge.

What does high intensity mean?

When you get in better condition, this means your heart is becoming more efficient. Let’s look at our maximum heart rate as 100 percent. Keep in mind, high-intensity workouts encourage reaching 70-80 percent of your maximum. This means your heart rate is high, and you are really exerting yourself. I encourage people to go by “perceived exertion.” When you feel you’re working hard, I classify this as high intensity for the individual.

The benefits

High intensity requires a lot of energy. This workout is noted to decrease blood sugar levels. It eats up calories from sugar. For those in better condition, this is a great way to push past your plateau.

If you’re just not there yet, increasing your overall movement is a great way to start. You have to consider your limitations. My recommendation is always common sense. Practice in small doses until you are more confident.

Yours in good health!