In an article originally written by the New York Times Well section, a study was taken to show whether or not exerting 100% bursts of energy are better than moderately exerting energy during an interval training workout.
Martin Gibala, a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in Canada, discovered that intervals as short as 20 seconds performed at highest maximum level were proven to show better results in terms of getting fitter. Unfortunately, after attempting this strenuous interval training for a week, it caused mixed emotions towards the demanding and tiring process. He also stated that these 20-second intervals, although intense, are more tolerable than 30 seconds of the same exercise and more effective than gentler 60-second intervals.
Here are the conclusions:
The pro of short, 100% bursts of exertion during an interval workout: you will become fitter and improve health within a short period.
The con of short, 100% bursts of exertion during an interval workout: giving 100% full effort and energy for an intense workout, even in short bursts, is very demanding for the long term.
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