At a local hockey arena there is a space that folks use for fitness activities. Some days they have martial arts lessons, some days they have kid’s fitness and so on. I usually glance in as I walk past the area…nosey guy that I am, not really giving their activities a second thought but the other night I noticed some type of a bootcamp going on. As a Personal Trainer it peaked my interest to see what they were doing so I stood and watched for several minutes. What I saw nearly made my eyes bleed.
So! HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is all the rage. I would call it outrageous. I just returned from the 2014 IDEA World Fitness Convention, full of motivation and ready to continue helping my clients towards better health and fitness. And one thing is for sure: HIIT will not have any place in my programming. I took two classes; one with a ViPR, the other one with a new machine called CoreStix. Ultimately, the type of device is irrelevant, but the style of training is.
When speaking with clients and potential clients, personal trainers are often asked their opinions about the latest fad in the exercise industry. I can't count how many times I am asked my view on such workouts as P90X, CrossFit, etc. While these are good workout programs that certainly have their place with certain segments of the population, I do not recommend them for beginners or people who have returned to exercise after a long lapse. For these clients, it is important to first master correct posture and form before jumping in to more advanced levels of exercise.
Tried and true... Old School Training like all types of training that has been around have borrowed from each other. To me it's just taking the best of what works for you and creating a plan that fit's your goals in life.
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Being that this is my first ever blog post on the topic of fitness, I figured this topic would be a great place to start. This is particularly applicable for those of you who have hit pleteaus when training. What are plateaus, you ask?
I get asked this question quite a bit. The research is in and if you are already a fit adult at any age, I may add, you may be ready for it. I recommend you working with a certified personal trainer who can safely access when you are ready for this type of training. A researcher by the name of Tabata found that 8 rounds of 20 seconds of bike riding followed by only 10 seconds of rest increases fitness levels, decreases body fat and will even help you lose weight. This study was done with a cardio type of training and not heavy weight lifting like they do in Crossfit.