The Amazing Benefits of Interval Training: Why is indoor cycling so effective in increasing your cardiovascular endurance?
Why is indoor cycling so effective in burning calories?
Why are there great health benefits to indoor cycling?
Read on my friends…
A growing pile of research has shown that steady moderate exercise isn’t the best use of your precious workout time. Truth is, intervals of higher-intensity efforts are just as effective as long endurance workouts at improving health and fitness and it takes a fraction of the time. That’s what indoor cycling is all about. Bang for your buck people…that’s my motto!!!
For instance, in a pair of new studies just published in the Journal of Physiology, 6 weeks of three 30-minute interval workouts—totaling 1.5 hours a week—produced the same benefits in the way the body uses insulin as about 5 hours per week of steady pedaling. “It is a massive time savings, and you still achieve effects that are totally comparable,” says study author Anton Wagenmakers, Ph.D., of Liverpool John Moores University.
To understand why, it helps to know what happens in your body after any cardio session. Your muscle cells adapt to the challenge over time by forming new mitochondria, powerhouses that generate most of the energy your hamstrings and biceps use to flex and move during aerobic exercise. New blood vessels also form to shuttle fuel—along with the oxygen required to burn it—more efficiently.
As a result of these changes, you can work out harder and longer without getting tired. Now that’s what I’m talking about!!
Working in intervals recruits more muscles. Intervals recruit both your fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscles, while steady-state exercise mainly uses your slow-twitch muscles. While fast-twitch muscles are typically thought of as “power” muscles for explosive exercise, they also can be aerobically trained, which increases their mitochondria count.
A huge bonus… intervals may be just as good as steady endurance workouts for warding off type 2 diabetes. One of the studies found that both types of exercise boosted levels of proteins your body uses to burn triglycerides (blood fats). When triglycerides get out of control, they interfere with your body’s ability to use insulin, which is the hormone that regulates your body’s blood sugar.
Even better: Load up your intervals with the weight of your body or dumbbells, recommends Robert dos Remedios, C.S.C.S., director of speed, strength, and conditioning at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California. Resistance-training intervals offer cardio benefits while boosting your afterburn, the calorie-torching metabolism boost that lasts long after your last set. The gift that keeps on giving 🙂 We are here for you people…use us to be the strongest you possible! GO Cycle classes… GO Sculpt, GO Pump and now the new GO Ripped are perfect workouts to achieve these results!!!