First of all…… Happy New Year!!!!!! 🙂
We hope this year will bring you a lot of joy and happiness and that it has already started well.
Now, this week’s topic: exercise. But we are not going to speak about just any exercise. We are going to talk about interval training! This might be one of your resolutions for this year. And if not, this could be. After all that serious eating it’s time for some serious exercises. Interval training has been around for a while amongst athletes but it has become more mainstream only in the last few years. Interested in knowing more? Read what we have to say about it below…
What is interval training?
Interval training is a type of training that involves a series of high intensity exercises separated by rest or relief periods. It is very intensive and it is the kind of training that will get you sweating very quickly.
This means it is perfect to get rid of all the calories we’ve been accumulating during the holidays if we don’t have much time to exercise.
Benefits of interval training
Interval training has many benefits. We are not going to speak too scientifically here (we encourage you to do some further research of your own). But we’ll give you some benefits that are now known by many.
Here are they:
- you can cut your overall workout time because it so intensive, 60 minutes or even 30 minutes is enough
- you can train with or without equipment
- if you follow the workout exercises properly, you are guaranteed to burn calories which should help you lose weight
- you will increase your endurance and stamina
- you will build a healthier heart
Interval exercises in London
There are several places where you could get an interval training session with other fellow Londoners.
In their own words:
“Frame was put on Earth to make sure keeping fit and healthy never feels like a chore. A place to MOVE, SWEAT and FUEL your Frame daily. We are known for our feel-good, energetic and fun-filled classes. You can sweat it out with a high-intensity fitness class; dance, shake and party like it’s 1999”
Frame was created back in 2009 and has been expanding ever since. They now offer workouts at 4 locations across London: Kings Cross, Queens Park, Shoreditch and Victoria.
In their own words:
“Since 1998, Barry’s Bootcamp has been delivering The Best Workout in the World® to a legendary following, including A-list celebs, models—even Olympic athletes. Our signature hour-long workouts include 25-30 minutes of interval cardiovascular treadmill routines and 25-30 minutes of strength training utilizing free weights, resistance bands, medicine balls and other equipment. Instructors, muscle groups and even workout segments vary throughout the week so that no one class is ever the same”
We have listed only two but there several others such as:
- Bootcamp Pilates
- HIITGirl (delivers female friendly workouts)
- Fitness Mosaic
Interval exercises at home
The beauty with interval training is that you could also do them at home with or without equipment.
You don’t necessarily need to go out in the cold if you don’t feel like it.
Here is a set of exercises you could do in the comfort of your own home:
Alternatively, if you’ve attended some interval training, try to remember the exercises you did and execute them at home if you don’t want to go to classes.
If you are like most Londoners and have limited time but still would like to keep fit, you should definitely give interval training a thought or even better, a try. Thanks to interval training, you will feel energised and ready to take on any challenge. And because interval training does not involve long hours of training, you are more likely to make it part of your life. This means that if exercising is one of your 2017 resolutions, you will have a greater chance of sticking to it.
Disclaimer: this information is given as a guide. But since we are no health/sport experts, you should always seek health/sport advice from the relevant professionals (Naturopaths, Fitness instructors, GPs etc.).