Who’s Your Gym Boss?

By on October 1, 2011

By Joanie Willard –

If your idea of a personal trainer is keeping cadence with the guy on the closest Elliptical, you may be missing out on making your training sessions really count. Timed training, also known as interval training can increase your calorie burn by up to 36%, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. The best part is it doesn’t matter if you are a fitness buff or just starting out. The ramped up calorie burn is the result.

The concept of interval training sounds good but it is much harder to accomplish. If the idea is to work out as hard as you can for 1 minute followed by 20 seconds of rest and repeat this 8 times for example, how do you track it?

You could try to use the timer on the microwave or maybe your son has a stop watch you could borrow. Neither method provides a smooth transition between intervals. The “Gymboss” is the answer and guesses what? You can get it for free. If you have an IPhone or IPad you can download the AP so that you can breeze through your workouts with accuracy. Don’t fret if you aren’t an IPhone or IPad owner, you can also purchase a watch style version for as little as $20.00 at gymboss.com.

Here’s how it works:

The AP offers a selection of programmed workouts that are sequenced with a determined time allowed for the interval and another for rest. The timer will count it out for you and sound off with a beep or an alarm to let you know when the interval ends and the rest period begins. This will repeat itself until the interval session is finished. You can also program in your own personal intervals as well.

The Gymboss works great for aerobic workouts as well as timed weight training where the goal is to build muscle and keep your heart rate up for maximum calorie burn. A side benefit to this free little workout coach is you will never get bored. You are working against the clock and knowing the pain will all be over in a matter of 20 or 30 minutes helps. Each time the bell rings you feel closer to your goal.

One word of caution; Interval training with short periods of rest is not for everyone. Incorporate this workout slowly in order to give yourself a chance to work up to it. Always check with your doctor if you have any medical conditions which could put you at risk.

 

It is okay to get older, just don’t become old! Toward that end Joanie has been the Beauty and Wellness Examiner for both Wichita, KS and Hartford, CT as well as a contributing writer for Demand Media Studios. Ms. Willard is also a NESTA certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach. For more insights and ideas from Joanie visit blog, http://americanbeauty40.blogspot.com/ or http://www.examiner.com/beauty-and-wellness-in-wichita/joanie-willard

About jlswillard

It is okay to get older, just don’t become old! Toward that end Joanie has been the Beauty and Wellness Examiner for both Wichita, KS and Hartford, CT as well as a contributing writer for Demand Media Studios. Ms. Willard is also a NESTA certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach. For more insights and ideas from Joanie visit blog, http://americanbeauty40.blogspot.com or http://www.examiner.com/beauty-and-wellness-in-wichita/joanie-willard.

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Who’s Your Gym Boss?