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What is High Intensity Interval Training?

Amanda Rose, creator of Warrior Fight Club, shares her insight into the benefits of HIIT or high intensity interval training.

“Although my first love is yoga, I have been incorporating more cardio into my workouts,” says Amanda. “With a history of cardiovascular disease in my family, I understand and respect the need for a healthy heart.”

Considering that the #1 excuse people use for not exercising is lack of time, intervals are a perfect solution. It is quick, effective and to the point.

Interval training incorporates the body’s two energy systems: the aerobic and anaerobic. The aerobic system uses oxygen to convert carbohydrates into energy. When you run or walk for several miles, you are tapping into this system. The anaerobic system draws energy from fuel stored as glycogen in the muscles for short bursts of energy, such as sprinting. This system doesn’t utilize oxygen and cannot provide enough energy for a sustained effort.

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Because intervals require both systems, interval training has lots of benefits:

1. Increase calorie burn: The more vigorously you exercise, the more calories you burn! But interval training can also cause an “afterburn effect,” where the body burns more calories anywhere from 24 to 48 hours post-workout. So when you are relaxing on the couch, the furnace is still cooking. In addition, it boosts metabolism and builds lean muscle.

2. Improve cardio function: Intervals cause your heart and lungs to become bigger, stronger and able to adjust to sudden intense challenges (like running to catch a bus). Plus, it allows you to exercise longer and with more intensity, which improves your overall athletic performance.

3. Focus on fun: Because intervals are short you’re less likely to become bored. Intervals add a nice variety to traditional workouts, especially since you can vary the intensity level, length of work, rest intervals and number of reps. You can even opt to change the type of exercise by riding a bike, running on a treadmill or even jumping rope. The great thing about interval training is that there is no one way of doing it. Different lengths of work and recovery bring different benefits and challenges, all of which are good.

4. Lessen your time commitment: As I previously mentioned, you can do intervals in a short amount of time. My workouts average 20 to 23 minutes and I am completely spent! I have no excuse to not get it done and neither will you. AsOne’s Deck of Cards and Basic Circuit are particularly good and short as they are under 20 minutes each!

5. Improve your health: Interval training can improve insulin sensitivity, optimize cholesterol levels and decrease blood pressure.

DISCLAIMER: Interval training is tough, so if you’re just starting to work out, spend at least one month working on your stamina with steady intensity cardio workouts before incorporating intervals into your routine.  Add these intervals in slowly and avoid repeating them on consecutive days. Intervals are hard on the body so give yourself ample rest and be sure to practice yoga too!

Booya features some amazing interval training workouts—check out our Bootcamps for guidance from the best trainers in the industry!

What is the Best Workout for My Body?

Like diets, one exercise routine does not fit all.  Some folks swear by a vegan diet while others are fully dedicated to Paleo.  While there are tried and true techniques and approaches to both diets and exercise, it’s important to find the routine that fits you best.  A foundation and basic understanding of the specifics of each workout is helpful. This also means trying a few styles before you pick which one is best for you.  Just as a diet often consists of eating healthy, well-balanced meals, it is also important to focus on a well-rounded workout routine that incorporates stretching, strengthening and cardio.  Be sure to change up your schedule once in a while since your body needs variation to keep burning fat and calories.  Beyond that, the best workout is one that you can commit to.


Consistency is the key to maintaining your physique but it is also one of the hardest things to achieve.  The latest fitness craze can be exciting but if you quickly loose interest you’ll also loose motivation to move from your couch. Start with an activity that excites you.  What do you love to do?  That is what you should commit to doing because you are most likely to keep it up.


Don’t be afraid to mix things up. A favorite workout from the past two or three years might not be resonating with you anymore, and that is perfectly normal.  Listen to those signs and adjust accordingly.  If you find your body no longer craves a specific workout or if you are getting bored, try something new.

Developing a consistent routine means being motivated on a daily basis to complete a workout you love.

– Zander Gladish


How to Use a Foam Roller for Workout Recovery


Foam rolling, also known as self-myofascial release, is a form of flexibility training that uses your own body weight on a long, cylindrical roller to perform a self-massage. Foam rolling soothes tight muscles and aids in workout recovery while increasing blood flow and circulation. Overall, this leads to improved range of motion and encourages muscles to be elastic, healthy and function optimally.

So how does foam rolling work?

Underneath the skin, we are covered in soft connective tissue called fascia. Fascia connects the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body, like an entire system of webs. Sometimes this underlying muscle tissue can become stuck from overuse, disuse, muscle tightness or injuries. When muscle tissue gets stuck, adhesions form which results in diminished muscle movement, pain and soreness. Foam rolling combines sustained pressure with gentle traction of the fascia that breaks apart scar tissue and knots.

It is beneficial to roll both before and after a workout to improve the range of motion for muscles, work out any imbalances present in the body, recover faster and prevent the buildup of scar tissue.


Start rolling gently by applying moderate pressure to a specific muscle group with your body weight. Roll slowly and no more than once inch per second. When you locate an area that is tight or painful, hold the roller in place for 15 to 30 seconds. Remember to breathe and relax as much as possible. Gradually work your way up to two or three minutes on the most tender spots. If an area is too painful to apply direct pressure, shift the roller to the surrounding area and gradually work to loosen the entire area.

When rolling tight muscles, some degree of discomfort is likely to occur. It should be manageable but not unbearable. Listen to your body and roll with awareness to avoid injury.

There are many benefits to foam rolling:

  1. Injury Prevention: When people excessively exercise, muscles over-tighten and the possibility of injuries, inflammation and pain increases. When foam rolling is a consistent practice, muscles are massaged, fascia build-up is decreased and knots are prevented.
  2. Total Fitness: Being in shape is more than a lean body and cardio conditioning. Total fitness also includes the ability of the muscle to move through its full range of motion with ease. Flexibility training is key to lengthen tight muscles, tendons and ligaments.
  3. Improved Circulation: When muscles are less tense, there is an efficient exchange of nutrients and waste products at a cellular level which speeds up workout recovery. Better circulation means improved performance because muscles are being supplied with efficient blood supply.
  4. Stress Reduction: Foam rolling is a great way to lessen the levels of stress in your body, especially after a long day of work. By giving yourself a massage, tension is released and muscles relax. When combined with deep breathing, it has a calming effect on the nervous system.

Foam rolling is an easy and cost-effective way to increase flexibility in the body. With all of the benefits, it should be a staple part of your daily workout routine. Give it a try to roll away stress, tension and those pesky muscle knots.