Did You Know?

In a study published in Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise the researchers studied a group of 20 participants who were divided into two groups — sprinters and runners. Both the sprint group and the running group trained three times a week for six weeks. Sprinters performed “all-out” maximum sprints of 30-seconds, 6-repetitions, with 4-minute rest periods between each repetition. The runners ran for 30-60 minutes each training session at 65% of their VO2 max (VO2 max is a measure of the intensity of an aerobic exercise). At the end of 6-weeks the runners averages a 5.8% decrease in fat mass, while the sprinters lost 12.4%!

So what does this limited study show us? While this study by itself doesn’t prove much, it does suggest that exercising at higher intensity levels for shorter durations definitely can have a beneficial effect of body fat loss. Interval or high-intensity training MAY have a place in your workout plan, but because it involves higher intensity cardio work, you should always check with your physician first, AND seek the advice of an experienced and certified personal trainer or strength and conditioning professional.

Just another bit of information to add to your arsenal!

In health and fitness

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About lecfitness

Hi. I'm a Certified Personal Trainer, Youth Conditioning Specialist, and Sports Conditioning author. I have worked with Girl and Women athletes from a wide-variety of sports (for example soccer, basketball, softball, running, tennis, lacrosse, and volleyball). I love working with female athletes, and writing about issues involving sports conditioning, exercise, and motivation. But, I also thoroughly enjoy my work with the many general fitness women clients I've trained over the past 17 years! Please visit my blogs (Female Athlete's Blog, and Women Losing It - Weight That Is! Blog) often as I hope to have things that interest women interested in improving their health and fitness whether it's for sport, functional fitness, or overall wellness and general health. In Health - LaRue :-) Please visit my website (www.lecfitness.com) for information on training, some of my articles, current and upcoming programs and services, and general updates!
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