Interval Training: 4 Mistakes to Avoid

by Doug Hawxhurst on Jul 1, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Interval_Training_Mistakes_to_Avoid.jpgInterval training is a great way to blast fat and build endurance, provided you do it right. Take advantage of the benefits of interval training and you will be well on your way to reaching your goals. Not all workouts are made the same, so make sure you are maximizing your ability to reap all the benefits of a specific type of training. Here are 4 mistakes to avoid.

 

Have Your Best Interval Training Workout

  1. Extending Your Workout
    High intensity workouts are programmed for a reason, to exercise at a high intensity for a specific amount of time. The specific amount of time is a key component, and these workouts are not meant to exceed 30 minutes.

  2. Training 24/7/365
    Don’t get us wrong, we appreciate consistency, but when it comes to these high intensity workouts you should not be completing them as your everyday workout. Reason being, your body needs time to recover and repair your muscles after the intense exercise. Instead of completing consecutive days of interval workouts, add in recovery workouts like yoga, stretching or foam rolling on those in between days.

  3. Disregarding the Time of Day
    Not everyone has the luxury of working out at the optimal time of day, sometimes you’re getting to the gym whenever you can fit it into your schedule. If you can choose between morning and evening workouts though, it is best to choose interval training for the beginning of the day. Your body will continue to burn fat long after your workout, and you’ll definitely be burning more calories through the day than by finishing up at the gym and heading to bed. The good news is, because interval training workouts are not supposed to be long, it’s easy to fit the 30 minute workout into your morning.

  4. Expecting to Build Muscle
    There’s no way around it, interval training is best for toning and losing weight. You’ll build strength and tone, but because of the high intensity intervals also providing a cardio workout, you’ll be working to burn fat rather than build muscle you can see. If you’re looking to build muscle, you’ll be better taking your time and lifting heavy. Get specific about your goals and find the best workout to help you reach them.

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