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    What is Interval Training? A.K.A. Insanity?

    June 5, 2013

June 5, 2013

What is Interval Training? A.K.A. Insanity?

What the heck is Max Interval Training?

Example of max interval training

Max Interval Training vs Your Traditional Workout


Interval Training – or some refer to it as “Max Interval Training” – is used in more intense workout programs like Insanity that enables people to improve their fitness performance by interspersing high-intensity work efforts (also known as drills) with short periods of recovery.

So in the workout Insanity, it works both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. During the high-intensity drills, the anaerobic system uses the energy stored in the muscles (glycogen) as fuel. The anaerobic metabolism works without oxygen, creating the burn you feel (lactic acid) as a result. During the recovery time (usually 30 seconds to a minute) your heart and lungs work together to return the oxygen to your body and break down the lactic acid.  The aerobic system uses oxygen to break down and use stored carbohydrates and turn them into energy.  So your body is working both systems, which in return, gets you greater results.

The benefits of interval training with Insanity will blow your mind. Just check out my friend Billy’s transformation before & after he did Insanity!

Instead of working out moderately with short bursts of intensity, Insanity uses interval training techniques to feature longer periods of of high-intensity exercise with short periods of rest in between. Usually 2 minutes of drills and 30 seconds of rest.

The Max Interval Training Concept Used in Insanity

As you see in the chart above, it perfectly illustrates the difference in intensity level between your “Traditional Workout” whatever that may be (Jogging, running, squats, etc.) and Max Interval Training.

By flipping what we have known in the past and causing the body to work harder with short periods of rest, Insanity has brought into the fitness world the idea of Max Interval Training. That’s when you use explosive cardio moves and plyometric drills, along with nonstop intervals of cardiovascular strength and power for the ultimate in conditioning programs.

Best part, nobody has to see you if you don’t want them to, because you do it in the privacy of your own home.

 

Is Insanity Right For Me?

Years ago, I would have answered that question with much less clarity.  Today, I can truly and confidently say it absolutely is. Max interval training is the way you want to go, that is, if you want super sonic, insane results.

After we became certified Insanity Instructors, where we teach live classes in the community, I realized that this program is definitely for everyone!

A friend of ours in Atlanta was telling me that her most popular Insanity class is with Senior Citizens. Why? Because as they put it this way: “We’re not dead, we still want to move!”  She actually showed us some amazing modifications that will allow anyone, from an elderly person, all the way to a person who is 100+ lbs overweight to do Insanity and get the benefits of interval training, while also proving to themselves that there’s nothing out there they can’t do and get amazing results.

Click HERE to learn more about modifications we have for Insanity.

Do you have any Interval Training tips or have a favorite workout that incorporates Max Interval Training? Please share them in the comments below!

 

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