Q. I like the idea of High Intensity Training but, I'm afraid it might be too hard for me. I’m not an athlete or in great shape. Can I still do H.I.T. training?
A. Yes, absolutely! H.I.T. can work for you whether you’re a top-notch athlete or someone who needs to get into shape. We train a whole cross variety of clients with H.I.T., which includes everyone from senior citizens to youth, and just about everyone in-between.
Q. Is strength training and High Intensity Training safe?
A. With any vigorous physical activity there are always risks for injury. But in regards to safety, strength training is one of the safest activities you can choose. The NSCA (which is one of the nation’s most prestigious personal training certification organizations) performed a study that concluded that only 2% of people who participate in a strength training program become injured. Of those who were injured many were performing dangerous lifts or using poor technique. H.I.T. is especially safe because it requires the lifter to perform non-ballistic lifts with perfect technique at a slow, controlled repetition speed.
Q. Can strength training really help me lose weight? I’ve always thought I had to do cardio to lose weight.
A. Strength training is one of the best ways to lose weight! Strength training increases the body’s metabolism in two distinct ways. First, muscle is active tissue that burns calories. On average, one pound of muscle will burn approximately 50 calories a day. A pound of fat by comparison will only burn 3 calories a day. If you can add just 3 to 5 pounds of extra muscle by doing strength training, that translates to between 4500 and 7500 extra calories a month! Also, when strength training is properly performed it creates damage to the muscle fibers on the cellular level. The body then has to work to repair and strengthen the damaged tissue, thus increasing the body’s metabolic rate for about a 48-hour period. When doing cadrio, while you burn plenty calories you only get the benefit of a raised metabolism for only about a half hour after the exercise is done. Cardiovascular training should still be a part of everyone’s fitness program, however, strength training is still the best way to help lose or maintain a person’s bodyweight.
Q. I’m a woman, and I'm afraid that strength training will bulk me up. Is strength training the right thing for me?
A. Yes, strength training is perhaps more important for women than men. One of the main benefits of strength training is increased bone density. Considering that women tend to be more vulnerable to osteopenia and osteoporosis all women should be doing some sort of weight bearing exercise. In regards to women bulking up, while building small amounts of muscle (3 to 5 pounds) is easy, building more than that is a challenge even for men. The fact is women just don’t have the hormonal makeup to build lots of muscle.