Tuesday, May 24, 2011
HOW TO BREAK THE METABOLIC RUT #6
SHORT v. LONG REST PERIODS
Too often in exercise we think the longer the better, but in metabolic type training, it's not about time, it's about INTENSITY!
Research shows that shorter rest periods of 30 - 60 seconds produces the greatest amount of growth hormone response. Growth hormone is THE hormone when it comes to burning vast amounts of body fat and increasing muscle.
Normally, our body begins using glucose as fuel before it seeks to convert our fat stores to energy. Our growth hormone, though, forces our body to utilize these fat reserves first. This means more weight loss when your inactive. Who doesn't want to burn fat while they're sleeping!
When we look at the world-famous Tabata study, they were given a rest period of only 10 seconds versus an exercise period of 20 seconds. Besides being an intense form of training, it illustrated the fat-burning, metabolism-boosting benefits we get for high intensity workouts with short work periods.
While the 10 seconds may be too much for many individuals, (even the participants in the study couldn't keep up that pace!) just keeping your rest time to 30-60 seconds is amazing for boosting your growth hormone and accelerating fat loss!
HOW TO BREAK THE METABOLIC RUT #7