Is interval training for runners only?
No, Interval training is best defined as a workout using a both weights and cardio. There’s a lot of information out there on interval training for runners, but anyone can benefit from interval training. Moving from exercise to exercise means that you will be doing some form of exercise throughout the entire training session – as such your cardio training will be the “rest” period from the weights and the weights are the “rest” period from the cardio! Let’s get started!
Planning for an interval training session is paramount. This ensures you cover both the cardiovascular activities and also balance the resistance – or strength training across the major muscle groups. I.e. going from upper body to lower body and of course core muscles. The types of interval training for runners will be vary depending on the runners goal (short or long distant running).
Allow the same time you would for a normal workout, but KEEP MOVING between exercises.
For the purpose of this article, (and since the weather is warming up!), we will perform these activities in the local park – therefore a cost free activity!
Mark out your “cardio” area – this could include skipping, jogging, shuttle runs, step ups, or running the stairs or hill close by.
The strength work will include squats, lunges, push ups, tricep dips, and crunches. A towel or yoga mat is handy to have close by and other than a water bottle – this is all you will require!
Get MOVING with Interval Training!
Start by warming up the body – using your cardio selection. Then move to squats – followed by cardio, then pushups, cardio, then lunges, cardio, then tricep dips then cardio, then crunches and core stability exercises and then finish with a slower cardio set to warm down, followed by stretching!
- Interval training will force your body to burn calories continuously during the workout.
- Increase your metabolism which in turn will increase fat burning well after your workout has finished!
- Save time – and get the benefits of cardio and strength training in the one session!
- Interval training will push you body to new limits (interval training for runners assists with decreasing track times)!