Why do we include intense finishers in most of our training programs?
Slogging away for 30 - 60 minutes on a treadmill, elliptical, spinbike, etc. used to be the norm back in the 80's & 90's. But then again, so were male ponytails.
I fell for this nonsense myself and would tirelessly run on the treadmill to get my "cardio" in for the day. The problem is that most of the time this would be done at the end of a long weightlifting session and cortisol levels would go through the roof. High cortisol levels = weight gain, high anxiety, sleeplessness, etc.
It has now been proven in study after study that short, intense bursts of exercise can provide far superior health benefits.
People lead very busy lives and are pressed for time. If we can experience the same or even greater benefits in a much shorter time, why not? With as little as 3 short 10 minute sessions (with only 1 minute of all out effort), studies have shown an increase in cardiorespiratory fitness and VO2 Max of 12% in a six week period. This was compared to traditional steady state cardio performed for 50 minutes 3 times a week. That much of a significant improvement will help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower your blood pressure. That is a huge improvement in fitness with a very small time investment. I'm all for getting the best 'bang for the buck' when exercising.
My choice for a finisher will almost always include a bout of high intensity interval training or tabata style intervals. Some of the other benefits that you will experience include:
Helps build endurance
Burns a boatload of calories and fat in a shorter amount of time
Burns more calories for hours after your workout
Helps to lose fat but retain more muscle
Great for heart health
Builds mental toughness
Doesn't require any equipment
If you are interested in learning more about the 1 minute workout, you can read about it here.
If you would like to take your training to the next level and transform your body, we still have limited one on one time slots available evenings during the summer. Contact us to setup a meeting and we can map out a plan to get you where you want to be.