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Nothing to do today; HIIT cardio.

Saturday, April 28, 2007 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

April
28
2007

For the first time in a very long time, I actually have absolutely nothing to do today! It’s a weird feeling, but believe me – I’m not complaining. I guess there are some things I could work on (aren’t there always), but I think I’ve more than earned a couple days of relaxation.

I postponed my refeed by one day (it was supposed to be yesterday), so I’ve got plenty of carbs to look forward to today!

The HIIT workouts I’ve been doing in the afternoon on non-training days are getting very difficult. The trick to making these relatively brief sessions effective is intensity. You’ve got to push yourself as hard as you can during the “all out” intervals. It also helps to ratchet up the difficulty level over time. Here’s what I’ve been doing:

Week 1: 10 mins per session – 30 seconds all out, followed by 1 minute at moderate pace.
Week 2: 12 mins per session – 30 seconds all out, followed by 45 seconds at moderate pace.
Week 3: 14 mins per session – 45 seconds all out, followed by 45 seconds at moderate pace.
Week 4: 16 mins per session – 45 seconds all out, followed by 30 seconds at moderate pace.

I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in my cardiovascular abilities since I started doing HIIT again. When I’m weight training I don’t get nearly as winded as I did when I was doing LISS cardio exclusively. Of course HIIT cardio is a great fat burner, too, thanks to the post-cardio metabolic boost. I am still doing 30 minutes of fasted LISS cardio in the mornings, but I feel that my afternoon HIIT cardio sessions provide me with superior fat burning results and better conditioning. I’m not trying to fan the flames of the tired old HIIT Vs. LISS debate – I think both forms of cardio have their benefits – but I think those who don’t at least try both forms of cardio may be doing themselves a disservice.

I’m going to go get my cardio in and then dive into a huge bowl of oatmeal! After that, I think I’m going to watch movies all day (with a brief interruption for my HIIT cardio session this afternoon, of course.) Have an awesome Saturday!

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