The popular ‘high intensity interval training‘ workout boasts many benefits, but are you ready to HIIT it?
If you, like many, jumped straight into it, just consider the advice below which I offer my patients, courtesy of Joe McConkey (Boston Running Centre).
You’re ready for running HIIT workouts if you have:
- Been running 4-5 times a week for at least 4 months
- Regularly thrown in runs at paces 60 to 90 seconds per mile faster than crusing pace.
- Been completing a weekly long run of at least 50 minutes.
In terms of strength and flexibility, you should be able to:
- Hold a squat position for 90 seconds
- Grab and touch your heel to your butt whilst standing, feeling only a minor quad stretch.
Start with one HIIT session a week, and build up to no more than two in a 10-day period.
This advice is tilted towards runners so isn’t for all HIIT sessions, which can be adapted to any sport. But just think twice before you train intensively, and make sure you are FIIT enough.
Alex Horne Chiropractic, back with a vengance!