I’m a big advocate of high intensity training. Regardless of whether you race or just want to get fit, this is an essential piece of your training.
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is great for improving not just speed, but also endurance.
Wait, what? High intensity training is just for sprinters, right? Wrong!!
Why HIIT for cycling
There are amazing benefits.
Here are three reasons you need high intensity training:
1. It creates a trigger in your body.
This trigger allows you to activate the fight or flight, hunter-gatherer instinct in your body.
And you train that so you can get even faster.
On your body: HIIT, learn, adapt and get stronger.
2. It creates a stimulus known as EPOC.
EPOC = Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption
After your training session, you’re still consuming a high amount of oxygen. This improves your fitness. Improves your recovery potential; you require shorter recovery windows.
3. It’s like a fountain of youth!
If you’re over 40, then HIIT is going to be very, very helpful for you.
This intense training sends signals to your brain. In turn, your brain increases testosterone production and growth hormone production.
Your metabolism will even become more active.
You’ll feel younger and fresher, too. It’s fantastic.