Interval Training With a Recumbent
Interval training is familiar from school. It is even how kids play and how animals move in the wild. Never does a wild animal run for hours – like we do marathons. There is a natural cycle of move, rest, move, rest – with the movement phase only lasting a few minutes, before slowing down or stopping.
We overlook this when we exercise. We seems to think that, “some is good, so more is better” and we forget that you CAN have too much of a good thing.
This is great news for couch potatoes and great news for athletes too. You can get a full workout done in 20 minutes and move on to other things.
Interval training of short periods of exercise and rest gets you the maximum health benefits but is not the be all and end all. It does not give you flexibility – so you might want to do Yoga or Ballet or some other system to get a flexibility workout. It does not produce big muscles – so it you want big shoulders or “ripped abs” then you need to do a routine that will deliver that –but interval training will get you the boost in human growth hormone that supplement manufactures promise to the power and weight lifter – and usually fail to deliver.
That is one complication of exercise –that folks have different needs and they often are not clearly explained.
The other issue is that different exercises affect the heart and other muscles in different ways because muscles are a little more complex than thought even a few years ago.
There are 3 types of muscle fibres and they respond in different ways to different exercises.
Muscles are made of slow twitch fibres and fast twitch fibres because we need to be able to move at different speeds in response to normal or emergency demands.
Slow twitch fibres look different and respond different to fast twitch fibres and we need to know a little about this so we choose the right kind of exercise for our needs.
Right now I want to show you an interval training in progress using a recumbent bike.
I don’t want you to worry about the kind of bike or any other detail –just to get some idea of how this works and we’ll discuss the details below – actually in the next post.
The video shows an expert Doctor and an expert coach – and this routine can be done on any recumbent bike, not just the one in the video.
Any questions- feel free to use the comment box and I’ll get to it as soon as I can. Or if you like to read, you can get this info from the Doctor who pioneered it years ago – and still does…Dr. Al Sears