If you come to a gym, I’d assume you were interested in being as fit and healthy as you possibly could. Perhaps along with achieving some other goals: like getting slim, doing some sexy pole moves, training a 10K run, feeling better about yourself, or to motivate yourself to work out regularly.
HOWEVER some people put their health at risk, thanks to over-ambitious fitness goals.
Now, you know I’m a fan of HiiT – as well as teaching our popular 9am Saturday morning HiiT class and Introduction to HiiT on some 7pm Wednesday sessions, I have always taught some sort of interval training in my classes. Different paced Zumba tracks, options for pushing harder (or easier) in ordinary aerobic classes… I think intervals are great.
But I am worried by people pushing beyond their limits in such classes.
When you brand a session Insanity, High Intensity, or Extreme High Intensity, offer races like Tough Mudder, and dare people to go beyond their limits by asking provocative questions, such as, ‘Are You Tough Enough?’ you attract a certain type of competitive participant. You know who you are!
What next, Death by HiiT?
If you’re new to exercise, these are the last classes I’d want to see you try full pelt – unless you listen to the teachers, pace yourself and build up week by week.
It’s best to leave a class feeling you could push yourself a little more the next time, rather than leaving a class in am ambulance!
Without a full warm up, proper cool down and extended stretch session at the end, High Intensity Interval Training defeats the object, as you’re more likely to injure yourselves.
Also, if this is the only sort of training you’re doing, you compromise your immune system – energy that should be fighting off colds and viruses is busy trying to repair your body. If you find yourself getting more illnesses, HiiT, or other over-training, might be the reason.
We all want the buzz of fitness gains. They’re exciting. But not at the expense of your general health.
Exercise wisely. Train wiser, not harder!