I was asked the question this week – what is better for you/more effective, Interval training or continuous cardio at a steady level. There are many conflicting answers, and both are good in different ways. There is not one better than the other because both have different benefits.
After cardio or weight training, the body continues to need oxygen at a higher rate than before the exercise began. This sustained oxygen consumption is known as EPOC – Excess post exercise Oxygen Consumption).The body needs to replace the oxygen used by the muscles during exercise. EPOC is known as the events that occur to restore the body to rest, to it’s pre-exercise rate.
Depleted glucose and fat stores need to be refilled and protein levels need to be built back up, and all this requires energy.
The more intense the workout and the more rebuilding there is to be done, the greater the rate of EPOC, which means more calories (using fatty tissue as fuel) are being burned after your workout.It’s well known that lower-intensity aerobic exercise burns fat, but mixing this up with interval training will certainly help you in your gains. This can be done in the days in-between interval training because you should have a 2day rest from interval training before doing it again.
Intense (interval) exercise is associated with a massive amount of fat breakdown, and the higher the intensity, the more carbohydrates burned.
However, even though interval training burns fat quicker because it depends on lactic acid, some people would much rather train for longer at a lower intensity. This doesn’t ware you out as much, which is why a lot of body-builders go for this option because they then still have a good amount of energy to do their weight training later that day. Sometimes even another cardio session.
So shock your body once or twice a week with interval training if you are looking to strip fat fast and are not on a daily weight training program. You will reap the results!
Personally I have to admit I am more of a low intensity cardio lover, but I do however do the interval training once in a while to strip fat. And I do also make my clients do this because I know it gets results fast, it’s more fun to do, and when there is someone instructing you and making sure you’re not slacking, good results are paramount! : )
Until next time, take care and train hard!
Love Beth xxx
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