What my degree in IPE didn't teach me about baking, DIY, fitness, and life…
Growing up, physical fitness was always important. You see my dad was an almost basketball star and I was his first child.
Training started young – basically from the time I could walk. There was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. But some of it was fun too. One fun part of that training was the pole workout. No, not a stripper pole (this is my dad I’m talking about), though that’s an, um… interesting new fitness development. This is the telephone pole workout.
It’s an awesome workout, adapts to your level of fitness (you speed up as you get fitter), and is kinda fun with all the variety. Cooler still, something very much like it is starting to get a lot of press – the 30, 20, 10 workout. It breaks down like this: 1. warm up. 2. jog 30 seconds, run race pace 20 seconds, sprint 10 seconds. repeat for a total of 5 reps. 3. jog for 2 minutes 4. repeat steps 2-3, three to four times. 5. cool down. See, reads a lot like the pole work out, right?! So well done dad, you got there first =)
Athletes in the study that tested this workout for 7 weeks saw a 4% decrease in their 5k times and lowered their blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Pretty cool eh?! One of the reasons this workout is so great is that it’s a HIIT (or High Intensity Interval Training) workout. HIIT workouts can be as or more effective at creating fitness gains when compared to long slow cardio. In addition, new studies suggest that HIIT might also help you lose weight. It seems that sprinting causes the release of a particular kind of hormone called catecholamines. Catecholamines signal your body to release fat, particularly abdominal and visceral fat so that it can be burned as fuel. Researchers still aren’t sure why sprinting sparks a spike in catecholamines, but we don’t have to know why to take advantage of it.
Looking to lose a bit of weight? Scrounging around for a new August fitness challenge? – Why not try the pole workout and get a nice catecholamine surge? I swear it’s fun! =p
If you do give it a try, let me know. I’d love to hear how it goes! =)