One thing I have noticed about the home gym health and fitness industry which makes things difficult is that they are always changing the rules! There’s always some new concept that is the way to do things.
Currently, it’s Burst Training. And actually, this time I like the idea a lot.
Who should use Burst Training?
Since high intensity is the key to bursting, only those in decent health who can push themselves really hard should practice burst training. Always consult with your doctor first. (I have to say that, don’t I?)
What is Burst Training?
Burst training, also referred to as surge training, is a form of interval training where you exercise at maximum intensity in short bursts of 30-60 seconds followed by a recovery period of about 2-5 minutes. The intervals are repeated for 15-30 minutes. Maximum intensity means you should push as hard as you can and should be out of breath at the end of the interval. Recovery means your heart rate and breathing should be back to normal and your muscles should stop burning.
Where do you Burst Train?
With your home gym of course. Even entry level gyms give enough options to give burst training a try.
Why Burst Train?
Short burst training burns a maximum amount of calories during exercise and also continues to burn fat calories long after your workout is complete. Oh… And of course, it takes less time than traditional cardio exercise.
When should you Burst Train?
You can burst train whenever it fits into your schedule, which should be a lot easier now that you have shorter workouts. The average recommendation for frequency of burst training is every other day. This gives your body a change to recover completely from your workouts and keeps you from over-training.
I tell you, Iron Tony has given this short burst training thing a try. It really kicks your butt! I always feel like I’ve had a better workout than when I do longer exercise sessions with my home gym. Not only that, but I get it done quicker and don’t have time to get bored. Try it!