Saturday, September 14, 2013

High Intensity Workout for Seven Minutes

Some scientists have claimed to have put together a set of exercises that offers a more-or-less "complete" whole-body workout with aerobic benefits.

It takes about eight minutes to do (thirty seconds for each of a dozen exercises, plus eleven 10-second rest breaks in between).

You can read about their work in a New York Times article.

Then someone put together an image of the dozen exercises with photographs instead of the stick figures from the article's image.

Then someone created a web page to help keep track of time while doing the routine.

Pretty snazzy.

But even I know enough to see that it is not really a complete whole-body exercise routine.  There appears to be not much to work the anterior or posterior deltoids, rotator cuff, latissimus dorsi, biceps, and brachioradialis.

Tangentially, it is endurance training that changes muscles by increasing mitochondria, so the muscles can better burn lactic acid as fuel.  Does high-impact interval training also provide this benefit?  Research is just beginning, but the answer appears to be yes

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