It's that time of week again – the day when I give you a sneak peek at practical, quick and dirty fitness tips from this week's Get-Fit Guy article.
See, each week, over at the Quick & Dirty Tips Network, I produce a free, easy-to-read article, accompanied by a short 5-10 minute audio version of that article. Everything there is focused on the latest fitness research, exercise news, and quick and highly practical muscle gain, fat loss and physical performance tips. It’s called “The Get-Fit Guy’s Quick & Dirty Tips To Slim Down & Shape Up”.
Here's your sneak peek from this week's article,“Six Time-Hacking Fitness Tips”.
“I recently tweeted the results of a recent study that indicated “…no difference in increased fitness with swimming 50's vs. swimming 100's”. In this study, twenty-four swimmers were equally divided into a short-interval training group that performed eight weeks of workouts that consisted of 12-16 × 50m with 15 seconds rest or a long-interval training group that performed 6-8 × 100m with 30 seconds rest, and finally, a control group. The researchers then measured predictors of aerobic performance such as lactic acid threshold and heart rate recovery, and also measured overall swim performance.
It turns out that, after eight weeks of training. the short-interval (50m) and long-interval (100m) protocols conferred very similar improvements in swimming performance and aerobic adaptations. Problem is, once you match the workouts for distance and time, they’re actually pretty similar. At first glance, there really isn’t much of a time-hacking exercise takeaway, but rather just an indication that doing short, hard repeats is just as effective as doing slightly longer repeats.”
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