Tuesday, 2 September 2014

high intensity training a review

After what has been a relatively light year in the guff programme thoughts turn to how to keep motivated through the winter and that perennial struggle between time available and effort required. Old style training suggest getting the miles in but that is not always possible.
The start to this year was helped by some high intensity training. It is good for weight loss and aerobic capacity though may not be so helpful at building stamina and endurance. That can come later once you are in the fit zone.
Hiit is essentially short burst interval training that you can do on the turbo first thing in the morning. Morning is apparently best since it sets your metabolism in motion for the day. Also it can be a tad unpleasant and not something you want to have hanging over you all day.
Looking for something a bit more cycling specific this guffer opted for a tome Cycling: hiit bicycle training guide by Ted Hardy It is not weighty. In fact it could be described as a pamphlet running to around 30 pages covering some notes on weight, building strength and speed and the benefits of hiit along with a few typos that are presumably are included for free. Read over a cup of coffee it is short on detail and disappointingly offers only 3 cycling based routines of which number 3 is a more intense version of number 1. The chapter ends by cheekily suggesting you make your own routine. The author then, curiously, spends about twice as much time discussing what to wear. It gives the sense of having been written backwards from this point and left this guffer questioning the point. It seems more like the material that a personal trainer would hand out to keep you going to the next session. It looks glossy and of course if you had a personal trainer you would shell out a lot more than the price of the pamphlet.
So not the best option then and it may be better to try Fast Exercise by Dr Michael Mosley which seems all together better thought out and written with detailed sections on the supporting science. It spends around 45 pages on different, not just cycling based workouts. That's longer than this whole pamphlet even with the tips on apparel. All for around the same price.
It should be pointed out that there are other websites and shops selling these publications.

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