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Benefits of High-Intensity Interval Training


High-intensity interval training (HIIT) describes any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest. HIIT is an amazing workout for any fitness level, and a great tool to use in everyone’s fitness routine for many reasons.

A good example workout is running as fast as you can for 1 minute and then walking for 2 minutes. Repeat this 3-minute interval 5 times for a 15-minute, fat-blasting workout which will leave you sweating, feeling amazing and wondering why you didn’t start doing this ages ago. It almost sounds too good be true, but there are many proven facts about HIIT that will make you want to hit the treadmill as soon as you are done reading this article.

HIIT is the ideal workout for a busy schedule—whether you want  a fast workout before work, during your lunch break,or to get in quick shape for an event. The best thing about HIIT is how fast you can do a workout! You can fit this kind of training literally anywhere at anytime with no equipment necessary.

Research shows you can achieve more progress in 15 minutes of interval training 3 times per week than the person jogging on the treadmill beside you for an hour. According to a recent study at the American College of Sports Medicine, just 2 weeks of high-intensity intervals improves your aerobic capacity as much as 6 to 8 weeks of endurance training.

Not only do you burn more calories during HIIT workouts, but the effect of all that intense exertion kicks your body’s metabolism into superman speed. That means you will burn more fat and calories hours after your HIIT workout than you do after steady state cardio.

Most people aren’t used to or do not like pushing into the anaerobic zone (when you feel like you can’t breathe, your heart is bursting out of your chest and you want to collapse on the floor). Extreme training produces extreme results, like better aerobic capacity and endurance and faster fat loss.

Any bodybuilder, figure and bikini competitor know the risks of losing muscle mass along with fat during the cutting stage for a competition. While steady state cardio may encourage muscle loss, studies show that both weight training and HIIT workouts allow dieters and competitors to preserve their hard-earned muscle while ensuring most of the weight loss comes from fat. What a great combination!

In addition to increased fat burning and saving your muscle mass, HIIT studies have shown that it stimulates production of your natural human growth hormone (HGH) during the 24 hours after you finish your workout. HGH is responsible for increased caloric burn but also slows down the aging process, which makes us younger inside and out. Maybe that is why I still get asked for ID when I buy lottery tickets.

This is not a workout you can do while reading a magazine or gossiping with your friend. Because the session is so short, you should be working hard the whole time. If you feel like it was just an “ok” workout, then you did not perform the intervals properly. The trade-off  for this type of training offers seasoned exercisers and athletes a new challenge to bust out of plateaus and new exercisers a quick way to shed fat. Keep in mind that this is very challenging, and if you have been sedentary for a long time, you should start with continuous cardio to get your fitness level up.

This type of training definitely won’t bore you like continuous cardio bores most of us. You may be in pain, cursing the treadmill and want to give up, but stick with it, the results are amazing and worth it!


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Alicia Leombruni – Fitness Model/Entrepreneur


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I have known Alicia for a few years now and she is always an inspiration to me. When I need healthy advice, competition pep talks or just a friend she is there.  Not only is she a fitness model, competitor and personal trainer, she is now taking over the world of naturally, sugar-free products.  Read more about Alicia….

 

I grew up in Illinois and at the age of 15 started working at Bally’s Health Club. I started teaching aerobics, lifting weights and at that moment I knew this was a field that I wanted to be involved in. I was always active as a child involved in cheerleading, track, volleyball and many other sports in high school. I also started modeling at a young age in many of the Petite USA Pageants all over the States.  That is where my bug for fitness and modeling truly started.

I went to college at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and got my BA in Interpersonal Communications. After attending my first NPC Fitness and Bodybuilding show as a spectator, I said to myself next time I’ll be on stage and not sitting in the audience.  That led to the last 12 years of my life in which I competed in the NPC, FAP, and WBFF fitness federations. I started out competing in NPC figure then switched to the FAP & WBFF’s  figure, fitness model and bikini divisions.

Fitness, bikini & fashion modeling has also been a big part of my life. Once I started competing the fitness modeling began shortly after and has continued ever since. I have been featured in fitness calendars, on-line, ads, books, commercials, and fitness videos. I am also a certified personal trainer and provide nutritional/workout consultations on-line and locally.
You can say I live my life as a jack of all trades and love every minute of it as each day brings me new opportunities and much excitement. You may be wondering where all of my motivation comes from to stay in shape all the time and hit the gym everyday. I believe staying in shape and eating right is a lifestyle. It’s not just something you do part-time, it’s something you do everyday and not even think about. I truly enjoy going to the gym everyday, it starts my day off right and not to mention the results I have been able to maintain without a doubt makes it all worth while.

As to my latest creation which is my new product line at Ali’s All Natural. I have been working in the last year and a half developing a line of all natural, sugar-free syrups that are sweetened with Stevia and low sugar BBQ sauces. My product line launched a few months ago & all of my products, information and recipes can be found on my website atwww.alisallnatural.com.

This project has been my passion to be able to develop such a healthy line of sugar-free and low sugar products that are not only healthy but taste amazing without all the guilt. Fitness & healthy eating go hand in hand which is why I created the products. I believe living a healthy lifestyle heavily depends on the food choices that we make daily & our dedication to the gym. I have truly been blessed and give thanks to God everyday for giving me the ability to workout, create healthy products & help others achieve their goals towards leading a healthy fit lifestyle.


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