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A shorter workout - but it will hurt

From Friday's Globe and Mail

Can I get fit by exercising just a few minutes a week? ...Read the full article

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  1. matthew gray from Mississauga, Canada writes: Very misleading originally says 7 minutes a week and then says minimum 5-10 minute warmup plus excercise time 3 times a week...that's a little bit more than seven minutes. They also forgot to mention the possibility of strained/pulled muscles. My wife and I are training for a marathon and we've been doing circuit running and recently my wife strained her hamstring. The trainer said it's because you push yourself too hard. So much for that theory.
  2. A B from Canada writes: I'm with Matthew on this one. 10 mins warm up, plus 6 repeats of (30 seconds workout with 4 minutes rest) equals 37 minutes (OK, 33 minutes if you skip the last rest)? For a person who doesn't have 30 mins to workout, this doesn't look like it helps.
  3. andy c from Canada writes: after factoring in a cool down/recovery and streaching (dont want to cramp the next day) it's probably closer to 1 hour
  4. Walter Zinger from Toronto, Canada writes: You're going to get out what you put in...No effort, no gains. The lack of a quick fix remedy and reluctance of people to get their a$$e$ off the couch is the major reason that over 50% of people are obese. Matthew gray: the 7 minutes refers to the actual time of work not the rest. Even with the warmup/stretching, it is still a lot better solution than hours spent doing cardio workouts the old way.
  5. p b from Canada writes: Folks,
    the point to the article is provable results with a shorter amount of actual workout time.
    Training for a marathon puts a lot of strain on a lot of muscles. Especially if it is the first one.
    Doing HIT still means going into it slowly, 75% of maximum and work up. Trying 100% the first few times,when you're not used to it, is more than likely asking for problems.
  6. Carmen Rae from calgary, Canada writes: One does not simply walk into Mordor without stretching first.
  7. Shawn Petriw from Prince George, Canada writes: Another thing to explore is the idea of 'time under tension' rather than 'number of reps.' I've had great results following 'super-slow' techniques - basically doing one set to failure and taking 10 seconds up, and 10 seconds down rather than numerous sets of explosive movement.
  8. J Lee from North Vancouver, Canada writes: I don't think there is one world class cyclist that didn't do hours and hours and hours of cycling for day after day after day for month after month after month for year after year after year. In fact the relation between the total hours ridden and the class of the rider is almost linear. You think you can be fit and ride like a pro then put the years in. Doesn't mean you will succeed but if you don't you won't. Oh and by the way don't forget your intervals too.
  9. Chris Michaels from Oakville, Canada writes: I do my HIT by running/ sprinting hills. I run up this this ridiculous hill (it probably takes about almost 2 minutes to get up it and 3-4 to get back down)...generally I can only make it up 3 times before I'm ready to puke.

    I'm a boxer, so when I'm training for fights I do this more frequently. I find it very effective and I'm physically done after about 30 minutes ('s a 7 minute warmup jog to get to the hill).

    That said, I do find it akin to torture and/or taxing on my brain...and I certainly feel I risk 'burn-out' if I do this too often (ie. dreading doing it, doing it half-assed, etc...)

    So, I'd just manage your use of HIT...or any exercise where you go to failure. Too much, IMHO, makes it not fun...
  10. Alistair McLaughlin from Canada writes: Interval training can be squeezed into a 20 minute frame, including warm-up, and it will get you in kick-a$$ shape. However, it is GRUELING. And a person must have fairly good cardio fitness levels before attempting such intensive training. So it doesn't really offer a way to get in shape, but a great way to improve one's fitness to near-elite levels when one is already in shape.
  11. Peter The Not Quite Great from Edmonton, Canada writes: I started out with a sort of Bannister regimen, fast running for 1 minute followed by 2 minutes of walking. Once I was in better shape I switched to jogging with some sprints up a hill. Now I run about 5 k three times a week, about 1.5k of that up a steady incline.

    I gradually progressed to what I enjoy the most, running outdoors in the river valley. Do something you enjoy and mix it up to keep it interesting. If exercise is a chore you probably won't do it. I get good exercise and so does my dog. This is preferable to riding my stationary bike, even in winter.
  12. tim orpin from Canada writes: the article is meaningless without the max heartrate information for the reps.....also really hard to go 90% of max without previous training to achieve written about benefits in the article
  13. H L from Canada writes: kk
  14. Alastair james Berry from Nanaimo BC CANADA, Canada writes: I'm old at 78 but I've got quite good muscles particularly in my legs.

    I do a sort of generalized static contraction of my muscle groups to the point of cramping them in the morning during my morning wash shave tooth brushing the mirror helps to see which muscles are being exercised. It sure speeds up my heart!
  15. Hornsworth Portswiler from adanac, Canada writes: What I find interesting is how quickly conversations go off the rails, with everyone grabbing the story and running with their favoured point of view.

    Every article should have an appropriate summary (thesis) which people should be encouraged to comment on. For this article, it is "[the study] shows that that HIT improves the structure and function of key arteries that deliver blood to the muscles and heart, just like typical cardio training." Not "Can I get fit by exercising just a few minutes a week?," or that HIT will give you comparable fitness to a world class cyclist.

    Of course, the G&M likes controversy since it sells ads (though the only ad I see due to Flashblock is the Cisco one, I can only imagine how distracting this page was meant to be). Also, if the comments go off the rails, it reinforces the value of a traditional news source, which authoritatively presents biased opinions; you have to sift through "it was the conliberals!" for the often valuable extra input.

    Me, I am waiting for research that finds a technique to allow me to drink unlimited beer and keep off the gut with 30 seconds of lightweight exercise a year.
  16. John Harada from Waterloo, Canada writes: Awesome article ! I've coached girls' hockey for several years and have also done fitness conditioning and nutritional counselling and was a Black Belt kids' karate instructor as well. The interval training's the absolute best for any given sport and I wholeheartedly agree it gets you the best results. Forget about hitting the treadmill for an hour... you'll get much better results with 20 minutes of hardcore interval training !!! I work out 7-10 times a week plus train in Wing Chun each week, so my cardio's at its best and has put me in the very best shape of my life. So much in fact, I can still wear the same size jeans as I did in Grade 10 and 11...and I'm 54 !!!

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