This is great! We are training ourselves to breathe to thrive. We are directing that breath to our restrictions, and moving through them. Reconnecting the conscious thinking brain with the physical body is feeling very good.
Radiant Cell Growth
Now is the time to increase our bodies capacity to burn oxygen and stimulate radiant, new cell growth.
In this article, we will learn to advance our cardiorespiratory output using the “High Intensity Interval Training Plan.” (HIITP)
I have found HIITP to be gentle on the joints, the least time-consuming, and most effective method for increasing cardiorespiratory output (heart pumping near maximum, lungs stress breathing).
Again, there are endless methods for achieving this goal, and I don’t pretend there aren’t other ways to get to the top of the proverbial mountain. For now, let’s take the time to explore this protocol.
HIITP can be done in the pool, on a re-bounder, outdoor running surface, outdoor bicycle, stationary cycle, and more.
I will describe HIITP using a stationary cycle because most models have a timer and ease of increasing and decreasing resistance during the workout.
Go Hard, or Go Home
The objective is to go as hard as you can for a prescribed period.
Then rest for a prescribed period.
Completing several sets of the two.
In this way, you will improve your bodies ability to utilize more oxygen for a greater length of time. Commonly referred to as cardiorespiratory conditioning.
Let’s get to it. Mount the bicycle and begin pedaling. Set the program to manual. Warm up for several minutes.
Move the resistance level up and down to discover the correct resistance, for when you will be pedaling for all you are worth.
When warmed-up up check the timer, when five seconds or so from sixty seconds increase the resistance.
At the stroke of “0” pedal as hard as you can for 30 seconds, then reduce the resistance to easy pedaling. Keep an eye on the clock, recovering for 60 seconds and no more.
High Intensity Interval Training Plan
Warm up first
- Go Hard 30 seconds
- Rest 60 seconds (NO MORE)
(Repeat for three, four, or a maximum of five sets)
Completing just 1- 2 sets is fantastic! Seriously, if you went all out you will be tired. If not “Go Hard” again.
No worries if you can only do a few sets. What counts is that you are doing it. Take your time advancing. Health is a journey, not a destination. When you are ready, move to the next level.
If you plateau for long periods of time, weeks, months, or years, no worries. Work up to five sets at 30 seconds on, 60 seconds off. Then move up to 45 seconds on, 75 seconds off up to five sets. Then finally 60 seconds on, and 90 seconds off for five sets.
That’s it, simple as pie, easy peasy. On paper that is. To do this properly, at the end of each “Go Hard” segment, you should have “Left it all on the field” so to speak.
Gasping for air, feeling nauseous, nearly falling from the seat. And when the rest period is over, it is over. You must go “All in” again, heart pounding, rivers of sweat pouring from your brow.
Your brain will likely want to revolt, quit and go home. Use your strength of will to quell those thoughts, and over time your body will respond and love you for it.
Remember each of those seven trillion cells that make you, you, and that they all use oxygen to do their jobs? Yeah? Well each one of them has a life cycle.
Train them to use copious amounts of oxygen through HIITP and they will burn brightly and be replaced with brand new healthy cells.
Or not, and they will be listless, lethargic, smoldering, gasping for expression. Adhering to the HIITP will fire up your life, and you will manifest as the bright, burning flame of radiance you are destined to be.