Should Your Workout “Crush” You Every Time?

Monday September 22, 2014

From HIIT, Tabata training, and CrossFit to fast paced group fitness classes and even, high-intensity yoga, incredibly demanding workouts that leave participants in a sweaty heap are popular and don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. But should every
workout leave you gasping for breath and wishing for nap time? It would be senseless to set up an interval program without first looking at the potential pitfalls. So, here are the two biggest mistakes made with regards to this style of exercise:

1. How many times per week should you perform interval training?
2. How to avoid injuries with interval training.

Given the already intense nature of interval training, you certainly don’t want to put yourself in a position
where you stand to gain no results from all of the hard work you’re putting in at the gym.

How Many Times a Week Can You do a HIIT Workout?
High Intensity Interval Training workouts are more exhaustive then steady state endurance workouts. Therefore, a longer recovery period is oft en needed. Perhaps start with one HIIT training workout a week, with your other workouts being steady state workouts. As you feel ready for more challenge, add a second HIIT workout a week, making sure you spread the HIIT workouts throughout the week. Your body needs rest in between intense workouts like these and if you’re back in there for another session the following morning, you are cutting this process short.