Why Interval Training is Going to Get Me Skinny
In the meantime, I ran into a mom friend at a cafe the other day who always looks fabulous. She does not seem to have an overeating problem is beautifully toned and thin. I asked her what her secret was. “Secret to what?” “Don’t pretend you don’t know!” I replied. O.K., she had no idea what I was talking about and is apparently very modest.
She finally told me that she does this work out routine called Hiit Barre that is hardcore. It involves high intensity, interval training. I first thought, “No way, not for me.” Then I looked at her butt as she walked out of the coffee shop, and thought, maybe I need to try this routine.
I joined her for a class the next morning. She was not kidding. The class started with all of us on a treadmill running from a medium to high-speeds, with short recovery periods for about 15 minutes. For 15 minutes, I felt like I was going to die. Then we did weight training for a half hour and then back again on that damn treadmill.
The instructor Anita Bae was motivating and looked amazing. She looked like she might be in her fifties and was perfectly toned and beautiful. She explained that interval training, which requires working out at different speeds, is the best way to lose fat. She said, “High-Intensity Interval Training pushes your body to burn visceral fat (the stubborn, dangerous fat). Steady state cardio, while great, only burns sub-cutaneous fat (the stuff you can grab/pinch). The strength and resistance training restores insulin and therefore metabolism.”
To break it down, here are the main reasons why this workout can work for me:
- Burns more calories in a less amount of time
- Boosts your metabolism
- Gives you incredible energy all day
She also mentioned that if you don’t drink enough water or don’t get enough sleep, your metabolism will slow down dramatically. Guess who is back to drinking 6-8 glasses of water again? The class was tough, but I feel like it might help me finally get rid of some that extra fat on my arms and thighs that I could plainly see in the mirrors while trying to keep up on that treadmill. Of course, I need to eat well too.
The rest of the day, my increased energy felt was amazing. Even though I had been up at 5:30 am thanks to little toddler, I wasn’t tired at all and even felt charged.
I’m going to take this class once a week for the next month or so while watching my diet, and see if I see any changes. It’s worth a try! Worst comes to worst, I fall off the treadmill because I can’t handle the speed, and walk quietly out of the class in embarrassment. The thought has crossed my mind! Article by Mommy Writers