What silence is to sound

Although high intensity interval training or (HIIT) has become extremely popular over the last decade or so, it seems as though many coaches and trainers are still unsure of the underlying physiology of HIIT and exactly how best to merge it into a program.

For anybody looking for a crash course on why HIIT works and how best to implement it, Dr. John Berardi of Precision Nutrition recently reposted two informative articles on the topic.

All About High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Interval Training – Are You Doing It?

I also like the following video in which strength and conditioning luminary Michael Boyle shares his thoughts and experiences on interval training in the context of athletic preparation.

Context is the key here. Let your unique goals and the demands of the activity determine the training modality that you use. If you are a distance runner who is preparing for an upcoming race then it may be beneficial to perform some form of steady-state conditioning to adequately prepare the body for the impending stress of the race. If however your goal is body composition change, or sports performance enhancement in which your chosen sport is predominated by bouts of higher intensity efforts followed by periods of lower intensity efforts, then perhaps HIIT may be more suited.

What are your thoughts?

How have you incorporated interval training into your regime and what kind of results have you seen?

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