HIIT at MD Health – How is It Different?

When we first introduced HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) our specific aim was to make a real difference in our client’s cardiovascular fitness, not just another way to merely burn kilojoules.  This involved extensive research into effective cardio training and the result was the following principles in our program:

    • We use three main types of energy systems for performance, aerobic, anaerobic and alactic. All are important for sport, especially most team sports such as football, netball, basketball
    • To make a change in fitness, we need to work at the “edge” to your aerobic, anaerobic and alactic thresholds
    • The heart is a muscle, like other muscles and needs to be overloaded in order to improve
    • We can work on improving the endurance of these systems or improving the threshold of these energy systems, both important targets for fitness


What Does This Mean For You ?

The result is a true improvement in your fitness, which means:

  • It is less effort to do the normal things in your life, such as going for walk, doing the groceries, going for a bike ride
  • Improvements in heart function and blood pressure
  • Improvements in sports performance, such as the ability to sprint, recover between sprints and speed of sprinting

What Happens During the HIIT Session?

During a session, your heart rate is always monitored, so that each interval is specific for you to work on your target heart rate, within your target energy zone.  The Physiotherapist/Exercise Physiologist varies the speed, time and resistance of each interval so that you always work within your target heart rate, to always get the most effective cardio training. At MD Health we offer cycling and boxing HIIT classes.

For more on HIIT, read our article:

What is High Intensity Interval Training

Author: Michael Dermansky

Michael has now been working in physiotherapy for over 20 years, since graduating from Melbourne University in 1998 and is even more passionate about getting the best outcomes for clients than he was then. Michael is always studying and looking for new and innovative ways to improve the service at MD Health, including and not limited to the ideas from the fitness industry and great customer service companies. In his spare moments, he loves spending time with his two children, Sebastian and Alexander and hopefully taking them skiing more and more often.

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