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One of the biggest barriers many people face sticking with a regular exercise program is the time it takes to do it. Carving out an hour or two to hit the gym can seem daunting, and on some days might be completely unrealistic. However, short bursts of intense exercise can deliver many of the health and fitness benefits you get from doing hours of conventional cardiovascular training. This is also true for strength training or weight lifting. Your body may gain more strength and muscle mass by doing high intensity or super slow weight training, than you would receive from conventional weight lifting. Since high intensity training works more of your muscle than conventional training, you spend less time getting greater benefits. If you have just 30 minutes, you can perform a high intensity weight training session, helping you get fit in just a fraction of the time it used to take. What Is High Intensity Weight Training? In the early 1970s, the inventor of the Nautilus weight machines popularized high intensity interval training (HIIT). The idea is to train harder for shorter periods of time, which By Dr. Mercola What Are the Benefits of High Intensity Weight Training? reduces the frequency required. The principle is to overload the muscle, creating a greater demand than your muscle is used to accommodating. The greater the demand, or intensity of the exercise, the greater overload is created and the more effective the exercise becomes. However, this overload is not created by increasing the amount of weight lifted, but rather by increasing the amount of time it takes to lift and return the weight, continuing through your repetition without stopping. You are essentially training the muscle to fatigue by removing the momentum you normally get when moving the weight Page 18 | Abby's Magazine -

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