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|5 Oct|5 mins

How To Take Your Training To The Next Level

We go in search of harder, faster, better, stronger.
Elle Glass
5 Oct
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If your life feels a little like a sports montage on repeat, well done you. The last thing you want to be when it comes to fitness, though, is bored. Not even Rocky would want to climb those steps on the daily. After all, there is only so much Eye Of The Tiger you can listen to.

Still, it’s crazy easy to get stuck in a routine (and again, points for finding yourself there), but how can you step it up a notch so it doesn’t feel like the same-old same-old and you can start to see some new results? You need it to be a reason to get out of bed and hit the mat / pavement / your gym of choice.

Advice
|5 Oct|5 mins

How To Take Your Training To The Next Level

We go in search of harder, faster, better, stronger.
Elle Glass
5 Oct
Share:

If your life feels a little like a sports montage on repeat, well done you. The last thing you want to be when it comes to fitness, though, is bored. Not even Rocky would want to climb those steps on the daily. After all, there is only so much Eye Of The Tiger you can listen to.

Still, it’s crazy easy to get stuck in a routine (and again, points for finding yourself there), but how can you step it up a notch so it doesn’t feel like the same-old same-old and you can start to see some new results? You need it to be a reason to get out of bed and hit the mat / pavement / your gym of choice.

“Your body adapts to challenges seriously well so something that may have challenged you a few months ago, may not anymore,” says Lean Bean Fitness’s founder Lizzie Bland. A former professional dancer, Bland is a female fitness expert and trainer. She says the best way to see change is to –  yes, you guessed it – make a change.

She says the key to take it to the next level is change.

“If you’re currently into your long yoga sessions, try getting your heart rate racing with a 30-minute boxing or a HIIT workout.”

High intensity interval training – or HIIT – sees you give 100 percent in short, fast bursts. It gets that heart rate of yours way up and is a big tick on the burn scale. Plus, recent research by Victoria University, as published in American Journal of Physiology earlier this year, revealed that a quick two minutes of high intensity exercise – or HIIT – could be just as good for you as a 30-minute spin class.

It’s not, though, always a case of harder, faster equals better, stronger.

“If you currently go really hard in HIIT every day, try adding in a couple of rest days with a long walk, a leisurely swim or stretch class,” says Bland.

Perfect advice as summer edges ever closer and the weather gets warmer.

“Changing the length and intensity of your workouts can have a massive impact on your results,” says Bland. And, that’s the whole point, right?

“If it feels wrong, it's probably right,” she says.

Seem it’s time to make like Salt-n-Pepa and ‘Push it real good’.

Elle Glass
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