The word ‘interval,’ particularly in the context of “HIIT,” has been misused so much in the fitness world that it’s practically lost all meaning. But what interval training entails are periods of hard effort alternating with periods of recovery. This training style produces a much more pronounced training effect and greater results than your typical longer duration, lower intensity work (i.e., 30 minutes on a treadmill). Long duration work inevitably means that you have to use less average effort – you simply can’t “sprint” for 30 minutes. But by adding opportunities for recovery, your work periods can be far more aggressive and more impactful.
Since the conditioning workouts take less than the hour typical of other P/S Programs, these sessions also include short abdominal exercises following the main workout.
Conditioning workouts can be added to your calendar with either 1 or 2 sessions each week. Different versions of each are available depending on what equipment you have access to. You have a variety of options, from bodyweight-only exercises to those that can be done in a full-service gym equipped with sleds and rowing ergometers.
If you’re looking for an extra boost to your P/S Program, be sure to add Conditioning workouts to your plan.