The Post-Thanksgiving Workout: Interval Training

So I’m sure everyone enjoyed Turkey Dinner this Thanksgiving weekend. You probably enjoyed all the fixings and the pumpkin pie as well. I thought it would be a good time to introduce another workout. This workout is a cardio workout with a twist.

When doing cardio always use interval training instead of remaining at one speed throughout your workout. Studies have shown that interval training is much more effective, not only in burning calories from fat, but also in increasing your cardiovascular stamina.

How to do this? Choose whichever machine you are accustomed to: treadmill, elliptical, stair master. The levels below refer to an individual’s level of intensity. Level 5 is half of your maximum perceived level of intensity and Level 10 is your perceived maximum level of intensity. The idea is to warm up for 2 minutes and then increase your intensity in minute-long intervals.

Min 1 – Level 5
Min 2 – Level 5
Min 3 – Level 6
Min 4 – Level 7
Min 5 – Level 8
Min 6 – Level 9
Min 7 – Level 6
Min 8 – Level 7
Min 9 – Level 8
Min 10 – Level 9
Min 11 – Level 6
Min 12 – Level 7
Min 13 – Level 8
Min 14 – Level 9
Min 15 – Level 6
Min 16 – Level 7
Min 17 – Level 8
Min 18 – Level 9
Min 19 – Level 6
Min 20 – Level 7
Min 21 – Level 8
Min 22 – Level 9
Min 23 – Level 10
Min 24 – Level 5
Min 25 – Level 5

Remember that these levels are your perceived level of intensity and that as you increase your cardiovascular capacity you should increase the speed or level of resistance, depending on the type of cardio machine you are using.

Sign up now for the Best Body Bootcamp four-week program. At Best Body Bootcamp, we only use yoga mats, resistance bands and your own body weight to create workouts that are always different and are all based on interval training and include some sort of energy creating exercises. Next Bootcamp starts October 19th. Check out one of our 10 locations at www.bestbodybootcamp.com to sign up now.

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