Is the majority of your workouts consist of high intensity interval training (HIIT)? Do you feel burned out and constantly have nagging injuries? If so, you might want to read a little further.
HIIT has become very popular in our surrounding area. From a business & consumer standpoint, it makes sense. You can pack a lot of people into a workout and have them pay less money. The social factor is good because it builds comradery and community inside the gym. I’m all for that. The issue becomes when HIIT is all you do.
According to conditioning expert, Joel Jamieson, this type of training, in the long run, does more harm than good. He adds that most people are in a recovery debt. A recovery debt is what happens when you put a ton of stress on all the cells and tissuesinvolved in training, without also giving them the energy they need for recovery andrepair. In layman’s terms, that means going all out at the gym, pushing yourself in every session, and not recovering. In the beginning, yeah, you might see some results, but it’s not a long-term model for success.
Usually, when the your results plateau in this situation, the mindset is to go harder, faster, heavier, less break, eat less, etc. Before you know it, you’re sleep worsens, you start gaining more weight, and those nagging pains (knees, hips, ankles, shoulders) come back. You go deeper and deeper into the hole.
The solution>> Cut the number of HIIT workouts down and work on your recovery. At First Capital Gym, WE DON’T WANT YOU TO GO ALL OUT EVERY TIME AND WANT PEOPLE TO RECOVER! This is the only way you’ll stay in “the game” long term. We have gotten great results from people who strength train 2-3 times per week with a little conditioning at the end. We very rarely go to failure. We’ll recommend to someone, after they built some general capacity in training, recommend doing HIIT once per week. When done correctly, one, maybe two is all you need.
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