Friday, 14 September 2012
Kickboxing and interval training
Interval training is an excellent way to burn more calories, build endurance quickly and make workouts more interesting. Interval training involves alternating high intensity exercise with recovery periods and there are a variety of ways to set up interval workouts. One option is measured periods of work followed by measured periods of rest. An example of a kickboxing workout would be 1 minute of intense work such as a kick and punch pad work routine, followed by 2 minutes of low intensity exercise such as holding the pads for a training partner. You should alternate these routines several times for 15-30 minutes.
You can also do intervals that aren't measured. For example, you could work out with a fast paced pad work routine than slow down to recover and return to the original pace when you feel rested.
You are in charge of the intervals and how hard you work during the work sets. The idea is to work harder than usual in your work sets and to fully recover during the low intensity intervals. Interval training is a great way to change your routine, increase results and burn more calories.
Interval training beginners should observe a few rules before going "all out" on any given program. For each more intense work period you should be working out of your comfort zone, but not so hard that you feel dizzy or lightheaded. You should then reduce the intensity quite dramatically during your less intense training period. You should be completely recovered before the next intense work set.
As a beginner you shouldn't endure huge differences of intensity between the more intense and less intense parts of your routine. Simply work a bit harder during the work sets.
You should consult your doctor before you undergo any exercise program and, or, if you have any injuries or medical conditions.