Millions of Americans are in search of the latest weight loss method much of the time – but especially the first of each year. If you do a Google search you’ll find a plethora of “lose weight quick” methods, theories, programs and products. BUT, do they work?! AND, which one is right for you?
The one method that I notice has been packaged and re-packaged in the last several years is high intensity interval training, aka: HIIT, Orange Theory, Cross Fit, elevated heart rate training, P90X, Insanity, metabolic boosting programs, etc… What do all of these programs have in common? They all blend strength training with high intensity cardio to manipulate your heart rate in such a way that maximizes your caloric burn during a short period of time and create an “after-burn effect” – and if you’re lucky maintain or increase your lean body mass slightly.
Sounds pretty good right?
In theory yes (hence why they make so much money), but in practice it may not be right for you.
Am I saying these programs are bad? Not at all. As a matter of fact I apply HIIT (high intensity interval training) to my own workouts and to my clients programs – BUT ONLY WHEN APPROPRIATE AND NOT ALL THE TIME!! And, I say this not just to pitch personal training – but folks – this is why I do what I do – because not every method of training is right for every person and certainly NOT this type of HIIT training (at the levels these programs recommend) is appropriate for most beginners. In my humble opinion, this is why so many people begin these programs only to quit because it is too difficult, it exhausts them or they get injured. I KNOW BECAUSE I WORK WITH THESE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME!
Yes, I am shouting. Why? Mainly because I’ve lost more than 125 pounds and kept it – and believe me when I say, “I have chased every quick fix, shiny program in order to lose weight and feel good about myself, and they don’t work”! And, I have watched friends and colleagues in the fitness industry sell out to make a quick buck.
So, are high intensity programs right for you?
I can’t say for certain unless I’ve spoken to you individually, but as a general rule if you are a beginner to strength training, you haven’t worked out in a long, long time, you’ve had previous injuries, you sit at a desk all day and have noticed a loss in mobility, or you’ve been on the weight loss yo-yo string for a while – then I would say no. Instead, seek a professional personal trainer or fitness coach who can coach you into a consistent, safe and effective fat loss program and prepare your body for this type of training. Register for a FREE movement screen now!
If; however, on the other hand – your joints, heart and lungs are healthy and you have been lifting weights properly for a while now – then yes, try some high intensity programs. They may add just what you need to get over a plateau and bring some fun into your workouts.
Just remember that whichever category you fall into, if your nutrition isn’t dialed in for your personal needs and goals you are unlikely to see lasting results. One-time Custom Nutrition Programs are available.
This year I have committed to writing about the things in the fitness industry that I feel can be misleading and confusing in order to reach more people and hopefully help more people as well. I am committed to writing about the “Real Deal” as I see it. Of course there will always be opposition and that’s OK. What I have is an abundance of knowledge AND the experience to back what I share.
I say, “If the shirt fits, wear it. If not, put it back in the closet because it might later :).”
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