Accelerate Your Fitness with Sprint Interval Training
Are you looking to take your cardio exercise to the next level or add variety to your current training regimen? Sprint interval training is a workout we often recommend to clients as a great way to build stamina, challenge the body and change-up a stagnant fitness routine. It can be easy to just hop on the treadmill or hit the pavement for a job and clock in the miles at a nice, steady pace. High intensity sprint interval training requires you to fully exert yourself during exercise, but in short bursts followed by a brief recovery period.
When Alberto and I perform cardio prior to our resistance exercises, we often run the mile-long loop around our block. We challenge ourselves to sprint, as fast as we possibly can, from one mailbox to the next, then we power walk to the following mailbox before sprinting again. We keep this sprint-walk patter going all around the block.
If you’re new to sprint interval training, a good way to gauge your level of exertion is to rate your exercise intensity on a scale of 1 to 10. Moderate exertion would be a level 5-6, while your short sprints should be a level 10. Remember, you’re sprinting for a matter of seconds, so you should be out of breath and your legs should feel tired at the end of each sprinting session, but you should not feel light-headed or exhausted to the point of being unable to power walk during the recovery period.
Sprint interval training can be a great way to improve your metabolism and cardiovascular function. If you aren’t a runner, you can also perform sprint interval training on a bike, swimming laps in the pool, using a rowing machine or on the elliptical machine at the gym.
- Posted on June 19th, 2013