Burst training! Ever heard of it?
It’s a series of quick high intensity “all out” exercise followed by a short recovery period. This style of workout has long been a part of the elite athlete training schedule and has just recently become more popular for “the rest of us” recreational athletes. It usually entails some sort of anaerobic burst activity for 30-90 seconds with about a minute of rest, repeated 10 or more times.
A 6-week study done at McMaster University showed that eligible athletes who did the burst training for a total of 1.5 hrs per week (including the active rest time) achieved the same muscle building results as those who did 4.5 hrs of traditional endurance exercise each week. But before you go out and start sprinting, realize that burst training is not for everyone.
Those who are new to exercise, obese, sedentary, or with really stressed adrenals could do more harm than help with this style of training. If you’re already exercising and looking to add variety and intensity to your workouts, try some burst training!