Monday, April 24, 2017

The One-Minute Workout

The One-Minute Workout: Science Shows a Way To Get Fit That’s Smarter, Faster, Shorter 
By Martin Gibala
Avery, 2017. 263 pgs. Nonfiction

Just as his career in exercise physiology began, Martin Gibala found that he had less and less time to stay in shape.  So, he decided to study efficient exercise methods.  His research led him to HIIT or high-intensity interval training and THE ONE-MINUTE WORKOUT is a highly readable summary of his findings.

Gibala learned that small intense bursts of exercise can provide the same health benefits as longer, less intense workouts.  For example, one study found that sedentary individuals spending 150 minutes each week performing regular endurance training can gain the same fitness improvements by using interval training that takes 80 percent less time and just a few minutes of “hard core” exertion.

This is all fantastic news and I’ve loved putting these theories to the test over the past few weeks. Finding ten minutes, not to mention the motivation to take ten minutes, to exercise is a lot easier than finding an hour plus.  Also, interval training has introduced much needed variety into my workouts.  I hadn’t sprinted in years and it was kind of fun to sprint for one minute and then walk for three instead of my regular stead 4 mile slog...I mean jog.  Interval training is not a new concept, but Gibala presents it extremely well. A great book to pick up if your fitness resolutions need a little spring boost.


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