Sometimes it’s hard to fit lengthy training sessions in around work and everyday life – and as winter closes in, the idea of being on the bike for hours on end becomes slightly less appealing anyway.
The good news is that new research shows that short, hard bursts of activity can be just as effective as longer ambles on the bike.
We spoke to Ben Brown (@BenBrownPerform) to find out what he recommended for cyclists short of time. Brown is the cycling coach for Liverpool John Moors University cycling team, and he’s also completing a PhD in cardiovascular physiology.
Is thirty minutes enough?
Fortunately, recent sport science research has provided some interesting answers for those wanting to get fitter with limited time availability.
You may have seen a lot of the hype about high intensity intermittent training (HIIT) in the news and in fitness magazines and wondered, is it really that simple?
The simple answer is, yes! By working at much higher intensities for shorter periods of time, you can gain a similar training effect to long, low intensity ‘base’ rides. So while HIIT will never provide a complete alternative to base training, it is certainly a viable option for winter training.
Here’s a short snippet from a BBC documentary that explored the theory of HITT…