I have recently read about a new type of training - Intuitive training - And it explains how it can be done as an alternative to HIIT training while allowing you to form a healthy relationship with exercise.

However, with intuitive training, you may not work out as often and you may not do the same type of exercises as in HIIT training.

So my question is...

Is intuitive training as effective as HIIT training when trying to lose weight?




As far I understand, intuitive training is a type of training where you listen to your body and only exercise when you feel like it, while also not just sitting in front of the TV all day.

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    Care to explain what intuitive training is? (Maybe provide a link with details.) Jan 30, 2020 at 16:45
  • @JustSnilloc I have added some links. Jan 30, 2020 at 17:02
  • Are we bringing in the 'burnout' and 'discipline' factors into this comparison? Going for a walk with your dog is more effective than HIIT if you're not actually going to do HIIT.
    – C. Lange
    Jan 30, 2020 at 21:42

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No. One is a style of training and the other is a philosophy on training. They can co-exist but one can't replace the other.

You can do HIIT "intuitively" by only doing the sets that you "feel" is good enough. Though, that's what you should be doing anyway. If, for some awful reason, your HIIT program says to do 15 cycles, but you're about to fall down at cycle 9, then stop.

Alternatively, you can do "intuitive" training without doing HIIT at all, but you may not make as much progress towards the goal that HIIT is designed to achieve.

"Intuitive training" as they are describing it is just a philosophy that people usually call "listen to your body". Meaning, if your body is telling you you shouldn't do something, then don't.

If your program says you're supposed to do "x,y,z" today, but you're so exhausted that you can barely get out of bed, then don't do it. Wait till tomorrow.

If your program says you're supposed to run five miles, but your ankle hurts, then don't do it. Wait till tomorrow.

As far as weight loss is concerned, training "intuitively" could mean that you're moving less hence expending less energy. This merely means you have to eat less to make up for the lost expenditure. Although, in the long run, being "intuitive" would help prevent injuries which can slow down your progress even worse.

Being "intuitive" does not give you an excuse to not workout. Remember:

"Do not get angry at the progress you didn't make because of the work you didn't do." - Some quote I read long ago by somebody.

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