Try to follow me on this as I try to be brief in explaining this technique.
What you do is go balls out for 60 seconds with some exercise that's pretty much a struggle to make the entire 60 seconds. Then you take 15 to 30 seconds to catch your breath and then you do something intense again for 60 seconds.
Repeat until you are on the verge of puking.
But don't puke unless you're trying to get in an ab workout on the same day.
I hate puking so you have to gauge it just right and it's usually better to err on the side of stopping 5 seconds early than going for an extra 5 seconds and puking.
That's how my day started. "I'm kicking my ass!" - Liar, Liar.
I went hard though and that's almost all that matters (the rest of what matters is that I didn't puke).
Here's how it works as opposed to say a long bout of steady cardio.
Generally, people who do a long run (and I can speak from experience on this) come home from their run or bike ride and are ravenous and they don't really care what they eat.
What this Super High Intensity Interval Training (SHIIT) does is just the opposite. First, your burning calories like a freakin' madman (or woman - there were two in class today). Intervals are wonderful at burning calories. Not only that but many of the moves we did today required muscle so this workout is going to be burning calories for a long time after the workout as the muscles build, repair, and grow.
On top of that, when you're done, you have no desire at all to eat. None. Zip. Nada. I came in for breakfast and my stomach said, "Oh, helllll no, you are not putting anything in here." All the blood has been forced out to the extremities (legs mostly today) and there isn't any left in the stomach for digestion.
It's a beautiful thing and I highly recommend it. Not every day mind you but once a week is a great challenge.
Speaking of beautiful things, I was able to play softball tonight. I couldn't play last time because I was in a City Council meeting. I was up to bat three times and hit two singles and a stand-up triple. Sweetness. Had I not been following another runner, I might have tried to stretch it into a homerun but he wasn't fast enough. We have a few people on the team that are too slow to tag up on a fly ball and get an extra base. Some of them 15 years younger than me. I'm not complaining because we just play to have fun. Just an obvious observation.
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