The amount of information I read on a daily basis is kind of ridiculous. And most of it’s probably not true or useless. And poor Gary. He probably hears about 1-2 of these reads daily. The conversation usually goes something like this:
Me: “Did you know that (insert random factoid)? Isn’t that wild!”Gary: “Sure is. But you can’t believe everything you read, Katie”Me: *a moment of sadness after the revelation and waste of time researching said factoid*
- Efficiency – you’re moving faster, lifting heavier and working harder in a shorter amount of time
- Burn fat – obviously it’s a awesome fat burner, but it also kicks your body’s muscle repair system into superdrive
- Healthier heart – the harder you consistently push yourself, your heart rate starts to level and become more efficient at pumping oxygen
- Lose weight, not muscle
- Increase metabolism – HIIT stimulates production of HGH – which increases your caloric burn (Shape.)
- Increase your physical work capacity – You will be able to work harder and longer with the proper weight training activities
- Improves bone density
- Promotes fat-free body mass
- Increases the strength of connective tissue, muscles, and tendons. (Active.)
So there’s some obvious overlap, as there should be. But what’s the REAL benefit to combing the two? Personally, this is what I’ve found to be true:
- Improved technique and form – focusing on singular movements while weight training allows you to have full attention to every detail of that movement. This is a huge benefit for when you transition to your HIIT workout to insure that movements are being done appropriately and safely.
- Isolated strengthening – Weight training allows you to work on isolated muscle groups that need added strength conditioning. Take for example: Pull ups. If you can’t do a pull up, it’s because your back is not strong enough. You can do pull ups for months and still have no real success. What you should be doing is working on strengthening your back muscles – rows, pull-downs, push-ups, etc.
- Confidence, comfortability, and body conscience – “Practice makes perfect,” right? Well kind of. The more you can “practice” or weight train, the more comfortable you’re going to be adding more weight and moving quicker (because you’re going to be a technique superstar) and the more aware your body is going to be. I can’t stress enough the importance of being aware of what your body is doing – weight training allows you to really focus on breathing, posture, control and muscle contractions without being rushed by the clock.
- 1/3c. grass fed cottage cheese (I use this kind)
- 1 hard boiled egg
- 1 tsp spicy mustard (I use this kind)
- 1 tsp yellow mustard
- 1 tsp dried dill
- Sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt, cracked black pepper, cayenne pepper (use sparingly!)
- Wild greens
- Cherry tomatoes
- Green onions
- Dice hardboiled egg into bowl.
- Top egg with cottage cheese, mustards and seasonings, stir.
- Serve over mixed wild greens, top with cherry tomatoes and green onions.
- (Almost paleo! If you can handle grass fed cottage cheese, I'd highly recommend. If you can't substitute 1/3c cottage cheese with 1/2 of a avocado, mashed.