Day 92: Spin session plans / playlists available soon!

Spin roomI was surprised I got anyone at spin today, being the first day back after the long Easter break, but there was a good lunchtime attendance, all things considered. Today I decided to go for a dance theme, hmmm. I’m not sure I will do that again, or perhaps it’s just because I actually don’t like that type of music!  Continue reading

Day 91: HIIT is the new ‘fat burning’ endurance session

HIITThe fitness industry is currently experiencing a surge of interest and growth in high intensity interval training (HIIT). This method of training involves repeated bouts of high intensity efforts that range from 5 seconds to 8 minutes followed by recovery periods of varying lengths of time. Billat (2001) points out that as early as 1912 Hannes Kolehmainen, famous Finish Olympic long-distance runner, was employing interval training in his workouts. As the knowledge of HIIT increased, exercise scientists demonstrated that this type of exercise not only provides performance benefits for athletes and improves the health of recreational exercisers, but it may also be a suitable alternative to endurance training, or continuous aerobic exercise.  Continue reading