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Why You Need to Keep Your Workout Short and Sweet


Workout Short and Sweet
Workout Short and Sweet

No one wants to spend their entire day in the gym to get results. Unless you make your living in the gym or on the field of play, it’s not practical or necessary. A current trend is developing that involves short workouts, and science is catching up to these time-crunched training sessions, proving that less can be more.

Short workouts, like HIIT or Tabata, can give the same amount of physiological benefit as workouts twice or three times as long. A 2006 study by Martin Gibala, a physiologist at McMaster University in Ontario, showed that a 3-minute sequence on a stationary bicycle — 30 seconds of maximal effort pedaling, followed by a brief rest, repeated five or six times — led to the same health benefits as 90 to 120 minutes of steady-state cycling.

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Want a Good Workout? You Gotta Tabata!


Good Workout
Good Workout

Sometimes there’s just enough time for a workout. What if I told you that, in just eight minutes, you could see similar gains that are comparable to 60 minutes of steady-state exercise? You’d more than likely give it a chance to see what it’s all about!

Alright – here’s the story: Dr. Izumi Tabata, a physician and researcher from Japan, had a group of varsity athletes perform an interval training routine that had been previously used by the Japanese national speed skating team.

Tabata and his team conducted research on two groups of athletes. The first group trained at a moderate intensity level while the second group trained at a high-intensity level. The moderate intensity group worked out five days a week for a total of six weeks; each workout lasted one hour. The high-intensity group worked out four days a week for six weeks; each workout lasted four minutes and 20 seconds (with 10 seconds of rest in between each set).
The results; Group 1 had increased their aerobic system (cardiovascular), but showed little or no results for their anaerobic system (muscle). Group 2 showed much more increase in their aerobic system than Group 1, and increased their anaerobic system by 28 percent.

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