High intensity interval training, like that of Nexersys MMA equipment, has aerobic, metabolic, and cardiovascular benefits over the alternative, continuous exercise training.
The 2006 study, ‘Short-term sprint interval versus traditional endurance training: similar initial adaptations in human skeletal muscle and exercise performance,’ by Gibala showed that 2.5 hours of HIIT had comparable endurance performance benefits to 10.5 hours of endurance training as well as similar biochemical muscle changes. This means that for athletes who have reached a plateau, continuous training may not be able to yield the performance increases that a HIIT regimen, similar to that of Nexersys MMA equipment, may be able to provide.
In addition to its superiority for endurance training, HIIT has also been shown to more effectively burn subcutaneous and abdominal body fat than a continuous interval workout. According to the “High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise and Fat Loss” study by Boutcher, regular HIIT seemed to increase by anaerobic and aerobic fitness as well as improving skeletal muscle fat oxidation, lowering insulin resistance significantly, and improving the body’s tolerance to glucose.
In a study by Buchan in the American Journal of Human Biology, brief intense exercise is an effective way to reduce risk factors of cardiovascular disease. For participants with a training volume that was 85% lower for HIIT participants, significant improvements were shown in BMI, systolic blood pressure, and aerobic fitness.
HIIT with MMA equipment can prove extremely beneficial not only to weight loss, but also to cardiovascular health and aerobic fitness.