Intervals for Cardio



I would like to take a few moments to give you some insight into my background.  I have been cardio training and weight training for over 20 years.  Since I like trying and learning things on my own, no one has ever been my personal trainer.  I have read many fitness books and magazine articles over the years, and used myself as a guinea pig experimenting with all kinds of training programs.  I found that many programs sound good in theory but don't fare well in practice.  Through trail and error I take what works best and discard the rest.  For these reasons I stand by any of my programs one hundred percent.  My training philosophy is doing the minimum amount of exercise necessary to achieve your desired fitness level.  Why overdo or spend more time training than necessary?  The more time you spend training the more you risk overtraining and being run-down, which is detrimental to your health and training motivation.

Steady-State Cardio

In the past I never did any cardio whatsoever.  Weight training got me in decent shape but I wanted to get leaner so I added cardio to my workout regimen to burn more calories.  Right away I found that traditional steady-state cardio workouts lasting from 30 to 60 minutes take too long and are really boring, so I wanted to find an alternative.

Finding a Cardio Training Solution

Around the time I went looking for a solution to steady-state cardio, interval training was just starting to emerge on the fitness scene and I caught word of it.  It seemed interesting so I decided to read up on it and give it a shot.  After I tried my first interval training session I found it energizing and challenging, and I was immediately hooked.  I always had a hard time with endurance exercise so interval training fit me like a glove.  Since then interval training has remained my cardio training solution.