The previous introduction to interval training introduced readers to the concept and purpose behind interval training. And it went on to briefly outlining how interval sessions are carried out in the gym or out of doors. Now, this article seeks to give a brief outline or general overview on the characteristic practitioners of this repetitive and yet pivotal exercise. It is designed as a motivational tool for newcomers to the exercise arena in the sense that it encourages them to include such workouts in their weekly exercise routines going forward.
Why the interval process is applied to weight training
We did touch on this in a previous article to do with achieving fat loss. But because of its significance and interest to a majority of readers, including those who wish to try out including muscle milk to their diet, it is well worth repeating here. Interval training, when applied to weight lifting and carried out correctly, improves muscle mass and strength. In order to ensure that this repetitive exercise is effective, weight lifters should always begin with weights that they are comfortable with and never go beyond the prescribed or recommended set of reps to the point that they begin to struggle and risk injuring their muscles or tearing crucial ligaments.
Interval training on the track
The likes of Usain Bolt have done thousands of these by now. As a result, they have gone on to win sacks of Olympic and world championship medals. The need for speed is paramount to bring about the winning results. Speed reps are familiar terrain for competitive sprinters. These interval sessions are carried out at different lengths and speeds in order to bring about the desired results. During interval sessions, focus is also placed on technique. Working on technique as a weight trainer is of equal importance to bring about effective results.
There is long distance interval training as well
While the repetitive lifting of weights brings about bigger and strong muscles, and repetitive sprinting on the track improves speed, long distance interval training brings about improved endurance (and strength) levels. And long distance to marathon runners also do their fair share of sprint training and weight lifting reps to bring about their performance outcomes. Long distance interval training is also carried out at different speeds. In certain instances, recovery breaks are scheduled in-between intervals.
Measure for measure and the concept of doing laps
This is why it is always far more effective to have a good coach to support you. The majority of everyman exercisers will not always have the benefit of qualified coaches to help improve fitness levels and achieve peak performance. But those who can afford the expense of an in-house or independent personal trainer derive benefit because their progress can be monitored stringently and more accurately.
Those who cannot afford a personal trainer need not despair. What better way to motivate yourself to complete your workouts in a disciplined manner than to have a training buddy at your side to encourage you. And then you can dutifully return the favor for your exercising companion. Exercising alone can be hard work, particularly on those days when the body and mind is particularly fatigued. But on those days, rest is advocated in any case.
So let us talk a bit about this important matter now that you have been given a clear picture of who will be doing interval training.
The importance of rest
No matter how much in good shape you are in, you are always going to have your off days. That is the nature of the human body and mind. When you do have those days, however, it is not a time to panic. Perhaps you did exert yourself on the previous day. No sweat. Now you simply rest. It is as simple as that.
Rather under train than over train
Those exercise sabbaticals are essential, no matter what your condition. And particularly when you are tired, it is far better to under train than to exert yourself to the point of complete exhaustion and breakdown, also risking the occurrence of off-putting injuries. If you really need to train on such days, please halve the intensity of your workouts. Reduce the weights and reduce the number of repetitions. If running, slow down and reduce the distance scheduled for that day.
Rest days should not be flat on your back days
You are designated one complete day of rest, sometimes two, depending on the intensity of your workouts. But on the other days in-between high intensity interval sessions and weight training does not mean you are pulling out of the exercise campaign altogether. You need to remain supple and physically active. Instead of the couch, you can do your gardening. Instead of driving to the mall, you can walk there and back and carry your own shopping bags as light duty weights.
And then the importance of a good night’s rest
Sleep is, of course, always necessary. It is just a matter of how you approach the matter that makes it a success. Eight hours a night is still prescribed. Also, never go to bed late. And before going to bed, take part in activities that bring the body and mind complete relaxation. Reading, as opposed to watching TV, is an effective exercise. And it is hoped that this article has been both insightful and enjoyable for you to read.