What are Interval Training Workouts?
Interval training workouts are a popular form of exercise with the intention of burning more fat in a shorter period of time. The term is a rather broad term (like calisthenic), and it can be used to refer to a number of different activities. Interval training workouts are usually cardio based workouts and are intended to save time, or by people who dislike cardio, but want the benefits of a cardio workout without needing to designate as much time to it (in other words, to save time).
There are a number of different styles that I’ll get into, but let’s first understand the basics of what interval training workouts are. Typically, interval training is when you do a cardio-based activity at a high intensity, follow by a low-intensity activity, then repeated. To put it simply, you sprint for 1 minute, then walk or jog for 30 seconds, then repeat 5-10 times. Usually you follow a 2:1 ratio on the amount of time you spend doing each activity, so you perform the intense exercise for 30 seconds, light exercise for 15 seconds.
There are many variations of interval training that I will get into, but this is the core idea of interval training. Variations of interval training workouts, such as HIIT and Circuit Training, are more modern and are likely a better option to look into.
Within HIIT, there are other variations, such as the Tabata Technique and the Little Method. There are also custom variations that many people have designed to best suit their needs. Fitness is entirely subjective to what you personally want, many people don’t understand this, they believe there is a “right way” and a “wrong way”. While this holds true when you are talking about form, if you are talking about general fitness, as long as you have proper form, regardless of how you are executing, you are doing yourself good. You can of course fine tune what you are doing to speed up reaching your goals, but as long as you are keeping up with diet and exercise, you are making progress.