HIIT On Steroids- The Tabata Protocol

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Exercise, Fat Loss, Physiology | 4 comments

Man Wiping Sweat From Forehead With Towel

 

 

In April I wrote a blog post- High Intensity Interval Training- The Shortcut To Losing Fat.

In that post I mentioned the “Tabata Method” developed by Dr. Izumi Tabata in 1996. His training protocol was based on studies of the Japanese Olympic speed skating team.

The Tabata protocol calls for an all-out, more than 100% intense effort for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated eight times for a total of eight cycles or four minutes not including warming up and cooling down.

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What If You’ve Never Worked Out Before Or Have a Fear Of Injury?

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Exercise, General, Joint Care, Physiology | 4 comments

I Can

 

 

The first thing you need to realize is that you can do this.

No matter how difficult it may seem, you have it within you to be the exception.

 

If You’re Just Starting Out

 

If you’ve never worked out before, consult with your doctor first. You want to make sure you don’t have any pre-existing conditions that might be exacerbated by certain types of exercise or that you’re predisposed to any particular sort of injury or hurt.

Barring that, my advice to beginners and those worried about injuries is to start slowly. Don’t just jump right in. Your body needs time to adapt to the new stress you’re going to be putting on it and while it can adapt pretty quickly, overtaxing your body is a sure-fire way to injure yourself.

Start slow and just start moving.

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How To Build Muscle The Right Way- It’s Not What You Think

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Exercise, General, Physiology |

Rick's BicepBuilding muscle comes from resistance training.

Resistance training is any exercise that causes your muscles to contract against any external resistance. Examples of resistance training or “load-bearing exercise” would be lifting weights, using resistance bands, using your own body weight as in push-ups, carrying bricks, or in my case, carrying heavy bags of mulch for my wife’s gardening. Thanks for the extra exercise, honey.

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