THE COLONEL - Interval training works

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Q: I’VE been going to the gym for a year now, I do around an hour of cardio followed by some light weight training, three times a week. I instantly saw changes in my body, but I’ve seen little effect in the last couple of months. Are there any changes I can make to my gym routine to get some quicker results, asks 24-year-old Sarah.

The Colonel says: Sarah, I have the perfect solution for you.

You’ll no doubt be getting slightly bored of this kind of training as well, and it’s something I hear from a lot of gym goers.

Interval training is an excellent way of fat burning, in a short amount of time, which gets you quick results, if you stick to it. High intensity training is combining bursts of intense activity, with periods of less intense, but still effective activity.

They can be whittled down into just 15 minutes, but you’ll still feel like you’ve been at it for hours. Just two weeks of high intensity training can have the same benefit of six weeks of longer endurance training.

If you’re a beginner, on the treadmill take a four minute warm up, followed by a two minute walk, increase to a two minute jog, then a one minute run.

Repeat this three times. The more you get used to interval training, the more you’ll be able to add in.

Try alternating one minute of running with one minute of squats, burpees or sit ups.

Interval training is really adaptable, you can add in or take out pretty much anything you like, making your work out more fun as well as more effective.

They are a great way of improving fitness, boosting metabolism, and fat burning at super speeds!