29 Apr '16, 10pm

Here's how 10 minutes of exercise with three sprints can be as effective as 50 minutes of continuous effort.

Gibala has been at the forefront of SIT investigations for the last decade. (SIT is also known as High Intensity Training, HIT, and High Intensity Interval Training, HIIT.) His new paper, published by PLOS One , has a says-it-all title: “Twelve Weeks of Sprint Interval Training Improves Indices of Cardiometabolic Health Similar to Traditional Endurance Training despite a Five-Fold Lower Exercise Volume and Time Commitment.” That’s right: Gibala is claiming that a SIT workout—10 minutes of easy exercise with three 20-second sprints interspersed—is as effective as 50 minutes of continuous, moderate effort. This may sound too good to be true, but Gibala is a highly regarded physiologist, and he performed careful calculations of VO2 max, insulin sensitivity, and mitochondrial content on his subjects. On all three fronts, the 10-minute SIT workout produced results at least as g...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/intervals/can-sprint-training...

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