The high intensity approach to conditioning has been forced fed to us. From the misinterpreted tabata study that high intensity intervals are the only way to condition for fat loss, we now face the job of re-educating people as to what makes up a healthy approach to training and working out. Here is a good read as to why the tabata approach is destined to fail.
Instead what I’ve used is a more measured approach. It’s not new, it has been around forever. Joel Jamieson refers to it as “High Performance Recovery Training” – I like to go with just “High Performance Training” instead as a lot of people associate the word “recovery” as code for “not working very hard” during a training session. Incorporating this type of training develops the capacity of your aerobic system and increases the size of your heart thus allowing you to do more while exerting less energy when it comes to life, work and or sports.
The good news is, by using a more measured approach in the gym with high performance training I have noticed a lot of benefits in the people I coach on a weekly basis. Some of those benefits include people with resting heart rates of 70 bpm or more reporting the following:
- Lower Resting Heart Rate
- Improved ability to fall asleep
- Fat loss
- Better able to deal with daily demands