Questions about high intensity interval training.

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What is tabata? How effective is it?

What exactly is Tabata ? Is it just a form of HIIT ? What makes Tabata effective in fat burning or providing thermogenic effects ?
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Are so-called “burst workouts” effective for weight loss?

I just bought a $2.99 Kindle book called Burst Workouts which recommends very short workouts at high intensities. His main program recommends timed interval training using bodyweight exercises of 30 ...
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Information overload makes me unsure of how to lose fat weight

Good morning, I am an avid lurker here and I try to answers that I feel confidently knowledgeable about to answer but after much reading between answers to my own questions, other questions, and ...
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What is the best time of the day for High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?

I have heard a lot about benefits of HIIT; however, nobody seems to address when is the best time for such activities. I got this question when watching "The secret life of your body clock" (BBC ...
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Is there any research showing how effective HIIT (specifically stationary bike) is for fat loss?

I'm doing HIIT for VO2 improvement and wondering if that'll help with fat loss as well. I've read a lot of conflicting reports, including one fellow who said "there a study on this that will be ...
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Is there cardio or weight loss benefit to doing the Tabata (HIIT) workout more than once a day?

I'm doing the Tabata Workout. I can easily spend more than the 4m/day on it. I work from home so I can take a 5m break and ride the exercise bike anytime I like. Would there be a benefit from doing ...
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What is the most effective increased “dosage” or level of the Tabata HIIT protocol?

I've had good results following the standard Tabata Protocol (20s "max" and 10s rest). Update: I do this protocol 5 days a week and mt bike pretty hard the 6th day. In the "work" cycle on the Tabata ...
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How to structure a high intensity interval training (HIIT) program?

I have read some good things about high intensity interval training (HIIT) programs, and wanted to give one a try. The problem is I don't know how the structure of one works, so I cannot build one ...
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Cardio / HIIT with a collapsed arch

I have a collapsed arch in one of my feet due to a past injury. I have doctor-prescribed orthotics and have been cleared for any and all exercise activity. My primary goal is weight loss. It seems ...
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Max Heart Rate for HIIT with weights

I've started doing HIIT with weights and with that have done lots of reading and research. One thing I've read of course is with HIIT you need to increase intensity. When lifting weights should I be ...
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Sample Regimen for losing body fat and retaining lean mass

I'll be surprised if this is a duplicate, since the only questions I see on here similar are for gaining mass or something similar. I see questions that mention hiit, but don't mention specific hiit ...
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Fitness training with varicose veins

Recently my workout buddy was at a phlebologist who diagnosed varicose veins which have to be treated by surgery (just one large vein) the cause of this seems to be genetic and she now have to wear ...
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10-15% high intensity training - what is the % of

I have read in a number of places (magazines and some online) that when training for things like a 10K run, half marathon or cycling event doing HIIT training can help but you should not do too much ...
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What is the minimum effective dose of running that constitutes HIIT?

I've been doing Cooper runs (1.5 miles) as fast add I can 2-3 times per week, followed by an upper body workout (I know, friends don't let friends skip leg day). How can I determine whether that ...
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When doing HIIT, how long should your intervals be?

I currently do a 1:2 ratio of high to low intensity. My high intensity interval lasts 60 seconds, and my low intensity one lasts 120 seconds. I do this on either the elliptical or the heavy bag (I'm ...
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Is HIIT really even a good recommendation for people who aren't acclimated to cardio?

My question is really general and doesn't pertain to any one specific individual but seeing the question about the Bizzy diet on here makes me question. Its workout plans instructs individuals to ...
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What work/rest timings should I use for my HIIT workouts?

I've heard a lot about the benefits of HIIT training over cardio at a constant level so I want to incorporate some into my training. What timings of work to rest should I use? I read about the ...
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HIIT in the living room

I am looking for an aerobic training system for the living room: Should be possible to start with low aerobic load and gradually increase to high intensity, like HIIT or interval training. Ideally ...
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Is 20 minutes of HIIT cardio on a stationary bike going to kill recovery on 5/3/1 + Trimuvirate?

to make a long question short, I'm currently doing Wendler's 5/3/1 with the Triumvirate assistance. I'm following the exercises he has in his book as part of the triumvirate because I am interested in ...
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What is the optimal heart rate in the rest phase of high intensity interval training?

I am doing HIIT running. I push myself to 85-90% of my maximum heart rate in the high intensity interval. In the rest phase, my heart rate usually stays high for a while, then quickly drops. I jog ...
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What is the best way to spend 2h/week on Cardio (Vo2) training for biking?

I'm a 46 year old male. I mountain bike pretty hard at least one day a week. I've been doing High Intensity Interval Training off and on for the last year and it's really improved my Vo2Max (which is ...
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What is the equivalent of a 20 minutes hiit session in minutes of cardio?

How many minutes of cardio do you think I need to replace a 20 minutes hiit traditional session on a certain day that I suddenly want? (And I mean with the cardio of skipping rope at 70-85% of my ...
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Is it possible for muscles to shrink after a workout?

I've just started a HIIT training routine and after two workouts my arms (triceps & biceps) grew 1/4 inch. I went to the gym this morning and after I got home 12 hours later measured my arms and ...