HIIT Versus Endurance Training

HIIT Versus Endurance Training If one of your New Year's resolutions is to get in better shape, a study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology offers an interesting comparison between 2 types of conditioning programs. Researchers randomly assigned 15 recreationally active subjects to 4 weeks of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) or steady state Endurance Training.

The HIIT group engaged in 5 one-minute all-out sets of cycling at 90% of capacity with 3 minutes of rest between sets. The endurance group rode at 60% to 70% of their capacity for 45 minutes straight. Both workouts took place 3 times a week. After a month, subjects in both groups increased muscle strength and other measures of fitness. But the HIIT group accomplished this goal in much less time.

True Strength Moment: When you're in a hurry, a quick session of short duration all-out work might be a great alternative for keeping your fitness goals on track. But don't be afraid to go the durance on that bike or treadmill. When you have the time, endurance running offers significant fitness and conditioning benefits. Besides, you don't want to do the same old routine every day. For tips on performing strength and cardio during the same session, read today's Performance Blog at ABBperformance.com
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