Burning body fat is often the chief goal of anyone who starts a physical fitness routine. Maximizing one’s time spent in gym can mean the difference between achieving their goals or experiencing below average progress and ultimately failure. While there are many ways to approach treadmill workouts, one workout “style” that seems to produce the most for almost anyone that uses it is the interval training method. By cycling bouts of high intensity exercise with moderate to low periods of work one can achieve a greater overall calorie burn and thus achieve faster results. Why is this desired one might ask? Simply put, total overall calorie burn is what most determines the amount of body fat burned during any given day. The more calories one burns, the more body fat they lose. It’s that simple.
The Interval Training Treadmill Workout
Interval sessions on a treadmill are easy to conduct because all the tools for a successful training are right at ones fingertips. The ability to lock onto a specific speed, monitor time down to the second, and manage a consistent terrain all make this style of workout ideal for the treadmill. The key to interval training is working up to a pace that is challenging, yet still safe and not too taxing that it leads to exhaustion exhaustion. Intervals should commence after an extensive warm up period, at least 5 to 10 minutes of a regular pace beforehand so that it gets the blood flowing, and loosens up muscles that will be worked hard during brief periods of intense activity. After the body is sufficiently warmed up and a developed rhythm has taken place, brief and intense periods of physical exertion can take place.
Intervals should consist of brief, 30-60 second bouts of intense “work” at 85% to 95% of ones max heart rate. A good rule of thumb is to get to the point where you can no longer hold a conversation or speak to someone without it being labored effort. The treadmill makes this easy as often one knows exactly what settings in terms of both speed and incline need to be achieved in order to make this happen. Once the length of time for the interval is reached, the intensity is brought down to a suitable pace for the next several minutes until it is time to start a new interval. For example, if one wanted to run five minute intervals, they would need to simply start each one every four minutes – four minutes of normal activity plus one minute of intense activity. This pattern is ran over and over until the workout is over. It will seem like each interval comes faster and faster as ones workout progresses, providing a placebo-like time shortening effect that will both give the impression of a faster workout and provide a source of entertainment as well.
Why Interval Training Is So Effective
Interval training works because the metabolism is ramped up literally in a stepping fashion with each successive bout. It’s because of this “ramp up” that more calories are consumed during any given time frame. Since total overall calories burned during determines how much body fat is used as fuel, it only makes since that a treadmill workout that utilizes intervals would be best at maximizing results and managing time. It’s so effective at producing results and shorting the time it takes to achieve results that interval training is recommend by some of the most renowned personal trainers and fitness coaches including the very popular Body For Life training and nutrition program as outlined by Bill Phillips. The facts are that training in this fashion produces results. By training on a treadmill and utilizing these techniques is a great way to get in shape and lose weight fast. Conducting 3-4 training sessions a week will produce outstanding results if proper diet and rest are adhered to.