Whacky Workout

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This form of whacky workout goes out for all the fitness freaks, who just cannot get enough. The ones who obsess over working out and love pushing themselves to the extreme. The ones who love a bit of challenge to brighten up their otherwise monotonous day. We all know the kind, the narcissistic ones. I really want to see them complete this level of intense physical training! So here it is guys, it is time to take it up a notch, with HIIT. HIIT or High Intense Interval Training is all about pushing your stamina and strength to the extreme level in the short span of a few minutes. Therefore, it also happens to suit your schedule just fine. Also known as High Intensity Intermittent Exercise or Sprint Interval Training is a form of interval training. It essentially involves short periods of intense aerobic exercises followed by less intense recovery periods. I really hope you do not fall for the “short periods” of aerobics, because during that little span you will feel your heart popping out of your chest; that is the level of intensity I am talking about. Research has proved that you can achieve more progress in 15 minutes of interval training done three times a week than jogging on the treadmill for an hour. HIIT is a form of cardio and takes about half an hour maximum. These short workout periods provide improved athletic condition, enhances glucose metabolism and increases the rate of fat burning. So get your track shoes on and wait for my signal!
There are three different approaches to HIIT that you need to aware of. So here is the list:


As the name suggests it has been developed by Peter Coe, an athletics coach in the 1970s while setting the sessions for his son Sebastian Coe. Peter Coe was inspired by the German coach Woldemar Gerschler and the Swedish physiologist Per Olaf Astrand. He developed the regime by setting 200 meters fast runs separated by a 30 second recovery time. Honestly even you have high stamina levels, achieving something like this will be exceedingly difficult.According to a 2011 study done at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, 2 weeks of high-intensity intervals improves the aerobic capacity of individuals as much as 6 to 8 weeks of endurance training. Is that not awesome?? It is extremely exhausting but with a timer.
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Prof Tabata developed this version in 1996 involving Olympian Speed skaters. You will have to stick to an excessively intensive exercise for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated for 4 minutes. Therefore it does not only turn your body in a fat burning machine but increases your flexibility and BMR. Tabata regimen is considered to be one of the most difficult forms of training to have been formulated. If you can pull this off, then all I can say is “RESPECT”!


Jamie Timmons, professor at University of Loughborough created this regimen which includes a few kick ass seconds of intense exercise. In BBC Horizon he made Michael J. Mosley, do the bicycle exercise. He was asked to peddle gently for 2 minutes followed by 20 seconds of extremely fast peddling for three minutes total and thrice a week. This somehow significantly improved insulin sensitivity and enhanced good health conditions.  That is some whacky way of improving your health conditions I will give you that.


Prof. Martin Gibala and his team at the McMaster University at Canada have been testing these training methods on their students. Their method involves a three minute warm up session, followed by 60 seconds of intense exercise, 75 seconds of rest  repeated for 8 – 12 times. Most people are not used to pushing into the anaerobic zone. But in this case, extreme training produces extreme results. This particular regimen proved to be so difficult to follow, that the Gibala group came up with another easier version with 3 minutes of warm-up, 10 repetitions of 60-second bursts, each followed by 60 seconds of recovery time and then a 5 minute cool down.


This whacky workout is efficient, good for the heart, helps you burn calories, does not require any equipment, increases metabolism and helps you tone up. The only thing you have to do is keep pushing yourself in those few seconds to keep increasing your speed and to keep going. It will take a little time to master that, but you will be invincible as far as fitness is concerned. It is the  fine line we cross between an 89% to a 90%. That is what HIIT is all about, going that one extra mile. It has been proven that after eight weeks of doing HIIT exercises, subjects could cycle twice as long as compared to what they had started with. HIIT is also known to increase the Human growth rate by up to a massive 450%.That really is something! So folks, if a bit of challenge gives you an adrenaline rush and proves as motivation enough, start doing this crazy program. You will not need any other form of workout if you can do this every day. Fitness is guaranteed but so is an increased sense of achievement.