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Monday, May 02, 2005

Damn Blogger just ate my post.

The "recover post" button, incidentally? Bullshit. It recovered half my post; the rest has been lost to the ether.

I wanted to ask if somebody could explain HIITs to me. Pretty please?

6 Comments:

  • Yeah, I was having trouble with blogger too. And the stupid "recover" button does nothing. So frustrating!

    I can't help you with HIITs either. What does that stand for?

    By Blogger Noames, at 4:48 PM  

  • Dude, something I can explain!

    HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training, and is the aerobic thing that BFLers (and others, but that's where I learned it) do. Um, here's a link to the BFL one:

    http://bodyforlife.com/exercise/cardiotraining.asp

    Basically, you do four 5-minute aerobic intervals, and you rev up your intensity level each minute in a single interval (like the pretty diagram!). The number of intervals and the amount of time is variable, but that's the basic one.

    Hope that helps!

    By Blogger lisa, at 5:42 PM  

  • Oho. I see now.

    I've been something vaguely (VAGUELY) like that with my treadmill time. I've got 40 minutes (aproximately the time it takes to run through a DVD'd episode of Alias, hee)-- first five warm-up, last five cool-down. Then I've got it broken into six five-minute sections that sort of act as a zig-zag step pattern going upward until the end: first four minutes at intensity X, last one at intensity Y, then going back down again but to a higher X level than before.

    It's been my half-assed way to convince myself that I can, in fact, run properly in the morning instead of only slogging along at the slow-ass X 'cause I'm sleepy and lazy. Thus far it's been working-- the relief of no longer going at intensity Y always makes X feel gloriously slow by comparison, even though it's 4 minutes of going faster than I was before.

    So how much do I have to joggle things around for this thing to work? Is it okay for me to keep moving my X and Y upward, or does that break things?

    By Blogger Meg, at 7:30 PM  

  • With the disclaimer that I am no HITT expert:

    I think the idea is that you hit that near-maximum intensity effort (like, a 9 on a scale of 10) a few times during your workout, and then the last one is a 10 out of 10. So, with your five-minute sections, you would be running the first minute at intensity level 5, the second at level 6, and so on, and then after your fifth minute at intensity level 9, you drop it back down again to level 5, and rinse and repeat.

    You're not supposed to be able to sustain the level 9 or 10 intensity for very long, thus, the one-minute limit. What you're doing right now is technically interval training, in that, well, you have intervals. HIIT is supposed to help you burn fat more efficiently (I think).

    I'm sure there's some background theory available via Google that you could look at that explains the reasoning. Like here:

    http://www.exrx.net/FatLoss/HIITvsET.html

    Look at me, all explain-y!

    By Blogger lisa, at 9:12 PM  

  • Hi Meg

    Since we seem to run at somewhat the same pace I can give you my HIIT work out that I think I need to up a little bit soon but it's a nice wake me up.
    here's my official BFL 20 min treadmill cycle
    1 min 5 mph
    1 min 5.5 mph
    1 min 6 mph
    1 min 6.5 mph
    1 min 7 mph
    1 min 7.5 mph
    (repeat that 6 to 7.5 cycle 3 more times)
    1 min 8.5 or 9 mph (<--shooting for max HR here)
    1 min 6 mph
    after that I tend to do 10 to 20 minutes of steady state at 6.5 mph so that I put in 3.5 to 4 miles

    some folks do bigger jumps (like 6 mph, 7 mph, 8 mph, 9 mph) but since I know I'm going to do a few miles extra I think I conserve a bit at the front end.

    By Anonymous Cathy, at 10:10 PM  

  • ::looks at Cathy's routine::

    ::dies::

    Okay, the fact that I was congratulating myself for having gone three out of ten minutes at 7 mph this morning means that I am currently a big ol' loser on the treadmill. Oh my God. My little Excel sheet informs me that while I've been tracking this stuff, I have yet to break an average of 6 mph.

    I'm making a mental note to get my head out of my ass and get back in gear; I was doing 6 mph regularly for a few weeks at the beginning of the year and then I got lazy. This will not do; I know I can do better, it's just a question of remembering that fact at 6 AM. I'll try your program on for size on Thursday morning; if it kills me I'll drop the levels down .5 mph and try to build up to it by the end of the month.

    Goals are good. Gotta keep myself honest.

    By Blogger Meg, at 9:16 AM  

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