Posts Tagged "HIIT"

Remixing My Couch To 5k Podcasts

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Since I feel so comfortable with my running routine this year, and can already do 30 minute runs, I thought it was about time to start changing things up. I may have created a ‘From 5k to 10k’ Running Podcast, but I’m not really interested in training for a 10k at this time.

So, what do I do? Get better at my 5k training. And how do I do that? Add in speed work via intervals. I thought of this last night while reading a Women’s Health article about how our fitness/weight loss progress plateaus as soon as our bodies get used to a particular exercise regimen. Basically, we need to switch it up. We don’t have to spend hours on a treadmill or out on the road running. We just need to turn up the intensity a little more!

This is music to my ears because even as gratifying and peaceful as my runs are, I’m not really interested in workout out for more than an hour. I’d rather work harder for a shorter amount of time. And yes, this explains why I love HIIT workouts so much.

So, here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to start my Couch to 5k plan over, but with a twist! When my voice prompts a run, it’s going to turn in as much of a sprint as I can. It’s just 60 seconds to start. I’ll shoot for that. Then, when it’s time to walk (recover), I’ll try to slow to a jog instead of a walk. I think these changes will both step up my workout, as well as continue to give me results. Win-win, right? Well, that’s what I’m hoping anyway!

I’ll keep everyone posted!

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New TurboFire Workouts On The Way!

Chalene Johnson announced today that new TurboFire workouts are on the way! Here’s what you need to know!

1. I am no longer a BeachBody coach (just didn’t work out, nothing bad to say about it), so my excitement for TurboFire is real! I still do the workouts regularly; including today.

2. There’s a more “beginner” workout for those not as familiar with choreography or terminology. I refer a lot of friends/fitness pals to Turbo Jam over TurboFire because it gives an easier base to move on to TurboFire later. This workout, “Fire Starter Class”, eases you into TurboFire at a slower pace.

3. Then there are 2 HIIT workouts (Low HIIT 20 Class and Low HIIT 25 class), but they are low impact. AKA no jumping! If you knees and joints have required you modify the HIIT training and workouts in this system, these are for you. And Chalene claims they are just as effective. SCORE!

4. There’s an ab video, Ab Igniter Class, as well. Chalene wants you to think of it more as a core workout, rather than just abs. This also focuses on your back as well as inner and outer thigh.

But don’t take my word for it. Chalene recorded a video that includes footage from the workouts. Check it out below…

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