CHAPTER 1 What is High-Intensity
Interval Training? To perform at your best at any sport or athletic event you may encounter, being able to compete hard for an extended period of time is a must. Any athlete can come out of the gate strong, performing well before fatigue sets in. One trait that sets the greatest competitors apart from the pack is the ability to bring the same intensity over and over again until the final whistle. While there are certainly benefits to dividing your workouts into periods of weight training with extended rest breaks and lightweight, rapid movements, both of these tend to occur simultaneously on the field of play. In this chapter, we will define high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and how this technique translates directly to competition. DEFINING HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING If you are the type of personwho likes to stay informed on the latest fitness trends andworkout strategies, HIIT is a termyou have probably heard before. Unfortunately, most available information provides a lot of different exercise routines using this technique without actually defining what it is in the first place! To keep things simple, high-intensity interval training (or HIIT) is a form of exercise inwhich brief periods of strenuous, anaerobic exercise are alternatedwith less-intense recovery time.
What is High-Intensity Interval Training?
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