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Getting started with interval training

Getting started with interval training

If you’re not familiar with interval training then take note! It’s an easy way of getting a lot more from your workout.

Essentially, interval training pretty much says what it does on the tin – you train in intervals of high intensity exercise and low intensity recovery, and it’s scientifically proven to increase fitness and burn calories. 
Interval sessions on bike or treadmill are a good place to start, and at Balance we’d recommend including a maximum of two to three interval training sessions per week to complement your other training – we don’t suggest you do more than three per week, due to the effort required!


Treadmill example
30-minute session

Warm up: 5 minutes at comfortable jogging pace, increasing gradually in speed
40 seconds at sprint speed
20 seconds at warm up pace
Repeat intervals 20 times in total
Cool down: 5 minutes at comfortable jogging pace, slowing down.

 

Stationary bike example
30-minute session

Warm up: 5 minutes at comfortable seated pace, increasing gradually in speed
20 seconds hill sprint
40 seconds seat grind (comfortable load, muscles have to be working)
Repeat intervals 20 times in total
Cool down: 5 minutes at comfortable pace, slowing down.

 If you have any questions about interval training, please ask any of our Balance Collective staff, who’ll be delighted to help.

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