Every few years weight loss advice evolves. This often leads to a shift in how people exercise or diet to lose weight. Past examples are the rise of aerobics for fitness during the 1980’s and the greater understanding of the role or protein for athletics.
One of the biggest shifts in recent years started after Professor Izumi Tabata published his paper on his research in variable intensity and fitness. The paper was called “Effects of moderate-intensity endurance and high-intensity intermittent training on anaerobic capacity and VO2max”.
Dr. Tabata found that when people exercised to a higher intensity for short periods of time they greatly increased their fitness levels, as measured by VO2 Max levels, and also this had a knock on effect of aiding weight loss. Tabata training workouts are now a very popular way to increase fitness and to lose weight.
These findings gave rise to a whole new way of exercising. Gone was the “fat burning zone”, where people would exercise for hours at a relatively low intensity in the belief that they would burn more fat. In came high intensity interval training, often shortened to HIIT.
All of a sudden people were interspersing their long and boring cardio sessions with short and intensive sprint intervals. The greatest thing about this new form of training was not just that it got you fitter and helped you to burn more fat, but you could complete your workouts much quicker. Rather than performing 60 minutes on the exercise bike you would now exercise for no more than 30 minutes, with around 10 sprint intervals in each workout.
Health and fitness clubs soon caught on to this idea. Soon there were exercise classes designed specifically to utilize these new theories. Spinning classes, where a group of people exercise on stationary bicycles together, suddenly sprung up all around the country. In spinning classes the instructor leads the class and takes the exercisers through a series of increasingly more intense workouts, including sprints and hill climbs. All designed to boost fitness and burn more fat.
Soon other “old school” types of exercise also started to become more popular. One example is martial arts. Martial arts classes have always involved a high intensity interval training system, although it was just never called that by name. The nature of the classes with intensive exercise drills, sparring and pad work means that as you exercise you go through periods of extreme activity which are then followed by rest, or at least relative rest.
Although the basic principals of exercise and weight loss remain the same, sports science is teaches us to become more efficient in the way we exercise.
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