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Thursday, January 29, 2015

My favorite study....

My favorite study....

Love re-reading this from time to time

Canadian researchers at Queen’s University tested a workout using this finishers approach with ZERO equipment compared to regular cardio…
22 women did 4 workouts per week for 4 weeks in one of three groups.
Group A did 30 minutes of treadmill running at 85% max heart rate
Group B did 8 rounds of 20 seconds of a single bodyweight exercise with 10 seconds of rest between rounds.
Group C did nothing (they were the non-training control group)
Results: Both training groups increased their aerobic fitness levels by the SAME amount (about 7-8%).

That’s right, the short bodyweight finishers (of ONLY 4 minutes) worked just as well as 30 minutes of cardio!

Pretty cool, right?
But get this…
Only Group B, the bodyweight finishers style of training, also INCREASED MUSCULAR ENDURANCE in common exercises like chest presses, leg extensions, sit-ups and pushups.
And finally, this intense, but brief training used by Group B also resulted in great overall enjoyment.
Reference: Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2012 Sep 20)

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