Time for Intensity

November 26, 2008 at 10:12 am 2 comments

Lets talk intensity and what exactly it is.

I alluded to it when I mentioned it in the last post. The first thing we need to establish is how to start training at intensity. It really is very simple. You need to know how old you are and subtract that number from 220 to find your maximum heart rate. If you are a beginner you will rarely if ever exceed this number while training.

Next we need to establish a work/rest ratio and 1:2 is a good start. So let’s suggest you warm up at a low intensity (30% of max heart rate) for 2 minutes then proceed to 50% max heart rate for another minute then the first interval of intensity at 80% begins. Thirty seconds is a great interval to start with and recover for a 1 minute interval at 30%.

Now we have established how to find intensity, what exercise is going to bring our heart rate up and down?

That is the beauty. Just about anything can do this. From traditional jogging/walking, to callisthenics,

A lot of sweat and intensity went into this garden ;-)

A lot of sweat and intensity went into this garden 😉

to gardening. You find an activity that elevates your heart rate and you have discovered how to start training with intensity.

Good luck and let me know how you go. I have only just uncovered the iceberg for you. Now go do some sweating with the approval of your doctor of course especially if you are beginning.

Tim interval hippy

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. John  |  November 26, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    These are handy reading material.

  • 2. yourexercisewizard  |  November 27, 2008 at 4:34 am

    Glad to hear that bro.
    Hope it incites you to action not just reading..

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