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    Strengthen your heart like a pro athlete

    Yes, high intensity workouts. The article even cites to studies.

    Strengthen your heart like a pro athlete

    When you think of professional athletes training, you might have an image of impossibly grueling workouts that the average person could never get through. That isn't exactly accurate. The biggest difference between the way the general public works out and how the pros approach training is style.
    Exercise in intervals vs. steady-state cardio

    Many of you reading this may, understandably, prioritize cardio exercise for weight loss and its cardiovascular and respiratory health-boosting abilities. However, very few professional athletes head to the gym to spend long periods of time on the treadmill or elliptical machine.


    n my experience working with more than 45 professional sports teams over the last two decades, I can attest that most athletes' programs are not heavily stacked with steady-state cardio or moderate-intensity continuous training, known as MICT. For the most part, athlete strength and conditioning emphasizes interval training, moving from sets of one exercise to another. And this is generally performed in a high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, style, alternating bursts of intense exercise with slower, easier activity.


    Why does this difference in training style matter when it comes to heart health?


    "There is growing and robust evidence that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) shows similar or greater efficacy compared with MICT across a range of cardiovascular and metabolic measures, in both healthy populations and populations with a chronic illness," according to 2018 research by Australian scientists at the University of New South Wales published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.


    Further evidence of HIIT's heart-strengthening ability was shown in a clinical trial of 93 patients with coronary artery disease published in JAMA Cardiology in 2020. After four weeks, cardiorespiratory fitness improved by 10% with HIIT compared to only 4% with MICT.


    To learn how you can safely and effectively add HIIT to your workouts, check out my article "Safely ramp up exercise intensity: How to reboot your workout routine."
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    It definately is the buzz word for fitness now and growing. Im trying to add it to my wkouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephenpe View Post
    It definately is the buzz word for fitness now and growing. Im trying to add it to my wkouts.
    If you are not in good shape, take it slow. It is an advanced exercise. I am not sure why it is getting so much publicity these days, it has been around a long time.


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