Cardiovascular Fitness | Highlite Newcastle

Cardiovascular Fitness

High intensity interval training

Cardio training - also known as aerobic training. Aerobic literally means “with oxygen”, and aerobic or cardio training is training that uses oxygen in the body’s energy production process.

Cardio training is generally a type of exercise performed at a moderate intensity for an extended period of time that maintains an increased heart rate. Cardio training is a great fat and glucose burner. During your Highlite session fat and glucose burning is monitored via your heart rate and physical profile to ensure you are training in the most effective heart rate Zone this being at least 60% of your maximum heart rate.

The most common form of anaerobic exercise at Highlite hi-tech is high intensity interval training. Throughout our group training sessions whether it be in the studio or out our outdoor sessions cardiovascular training is an integral part of the workout.

What is High-intensity interval training (HIIT) - is an enhanced form of interval training, an exercise strategy alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. HIIT is a form of cardiovascular exercise. Usual HIIT sessions may vary from 4–30 minutes. These short, intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism, and improved fat burning and you'll experience the benefits from the group workouts.

Other Benefits of high intensity interval training

Aerobic benefits

HIIT increases the resting metabolic rate (RMR) for the following 36 hours due to excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, and may improve maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max) more effectively than doing only traditional, long aerobic workouts.

Metabolic benefits

Long aerobic workouts have been promoted as the best method to reduce fat, as it is popularly believed that fatty acid utilization usually occurs after at least 30 minutes of training. HIIT is somewhat counterintuitive in this regard, but has nonetheless been shown to burn fat more effectively.