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Continued: Do fast workouts really work?

  • Article by: ALLIE SHAH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 8, 2014 - 10:36 PM

What are you burning?

This type of workout isn’t for everybody, Kottke cautioned. The intensity required for the ACSM’s 7-minute workout, for instance, is too much for most people. If weight loss is your goal, longer workouts at a lower intensity are far more effective at burning fat, Kottke said. “[With] this kind of stuff, all you are doing is burning off your glycogen,” he said, referring to stored glucose or carbohydrates.

Blegen agreed the minimalist approach has its limits. He thinks it would be a mistake to scrap the more traditional, longer cardio workout from your regimen. Instead, Blegen suggests incorporating HIIT into your weekly routine.

Since hearing about HIIT from her friend, Baumgarten has been going to Discover Strength gym in Minneapolis. In between her time in the courtroom, she’s able to squeeze in a quick fitness program. But instead of doing several short workouts over the course of the week, she packs it all into 30 minutes — but only once a week. Her trainer pushes her though a series of intense strength exercises that work her legs and upper body.

Now, she’s hooked on her minimalist routine.

“I have never looked more athletic and worked out less,” she said.

 

Allie Shah • 612-673-4488



 

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