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What is Interval Training?

Interval training is the new craze hitting the fitness scene. Its streamlined process, effectiveness, alongside its wide adaptability have made this technique vastly popular among fitness trainers. Interval Training consists of a series of workouts that vary in intensity, with periods of rest in between. Many of these athletes incorporate interval training and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) in their daily regimen to make the most out of their training.

How Interval Training can help you:

There is a reason to why fitness trainers prefer to use interval training, and why its use is becoming more and more prevalent among all echelons and types of trainers. Actually, there exist many reasons, which include: other than making your workout less monotonous and more fun, Interval Training can also help with endurance, and increasing the Volume of Oxygen intake during training, which enhances the capability of sustaining larger spans of aerobic effort. This is achieved through raising and lowering the fitness trainer’s heart rate between three “zones”, each with its specific set of benefits. Among other benefits, Interval Training also helps in managing your risk factors of several diseases (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, metabolic syndrome …) and improving recovery, reducing overtraining and risks of injury, which are all important factors in exploiting your training time for a maximum of efficiency.

Interval Training for swimming, and the three heart rate zones:

Interval training is a widely adaptable technique that is perfectly suitable for swimming, as it helps you structure your training, improve your technique and make working out less monotonous.  For swimmers, there exist three heart rate zones that every fitness trainer goes through during training, each one with its own benefits. The fat burning zone comes first, and just as its name suggests, this slow heart rate low action zone is perfect for burning belly fat. Then comes the fitness zone, where the athletes spends most of his workout trying to increase their endurance. And finally comes the maximum zone, where athletes go to push their limits and break their records. Note that this is a very effort intensive zone, and that you shouldn’t spend too much of your training there to be able to properly recover, and you might experience discomfort, chest pain and/or arrhythmia.

Real-time tracking, the key for an effective interval workout.

Tracking your heart rate and knowing in which zone you fall in at a specific time of your training is useful to measure training effectiveness, but it is not easy, and seems to be only be available after the fact, which isn’t always super helpful. Want to get accurate, live updates about which heart rate zone you’re at, in the heat of the moment? We’ve got just the thing

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