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Jan'13

Fitness Trends 2013 show the need for High Intensity Training

Recently I read the ‘Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2013’ conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and although High Intensity Training (HIT) was not directly written about, there was an element of HIT within every one of the top twenty trends. As the survey stated; a prediction was made with regards to the amount of workers within the fitness industry and the fact that more businesses are realising that having a healthier happier work force is far more productive. This in turn creates a need and increased demand for Certified Personal Trainers and persons seeking to be qualified. So my point …

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Jan'13

Cardiovascular Health and High Intensity Training

Many individuals looking to improve their health through an exercise program think first and foremost about improving their “heart health” or cardiovascular condition. The vast majority of people believe that they will need to perform a modality of exercise that is traditionally considered cardiovascular or “aerobic”. Options that typically come to mind are running, treadmills, rowing machines, cycling, dance or other aerobic group classes. The belief then follows that if they want to improve their strength too they will have to add in some form of weight training in addition to their “aerobic “ training. Although this approach to physical …

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06

Dec'12

The Best Form of Cardiovascular Exercise: HIT

Although it will be news to most people even today, the fact that HIT (High Intensity Strength Training) is the most effective form of cardiovascular exercise has been known at least as far back as the mid 1970’s. In 1975 the father of modern HIT Arthur Jones funded a study carried out at West Point Military Academy known as Project Total Conditioning. One group of subjects performed HIT and a second group acted as a control. The HIT group outperformed the control group on every single metric tested including overall strength, neck strength, cardiovascular condition (there were 60 different tests …

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27

Nov'12

Origins of HIT and the Supporting Science

HIT, which stands for High Intensity Training, has its modern roots in the work of Arthur Jones whose writings and thoughts on exercise were developed from the 1970’s through till the first decade of the 21st Century. Arthur Jones was the original owner, inventor and designer of Nautilus exercise equipment that revolutionized the fitness industry in the 1970’s and 80’s.  Along with a skill for equipment design, Jones had very specific notions about exercise protocol, and his opinions on exercise were refined through until his death in 2007.  Over his lifetime Jones invested millions of dollars of his own money …

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18

Nov'12

The personal training landscape

Personal Training has become a competitive and lucrative career option over the last 25 years and is set to continue to grow by an expected 24% over the next 10 years. This is staggering growth, faster than average when compared with all other career categories. Not only is it one of the faster growing career options, it can also be financially rewarding too. There is no clear-cut answer as to how to become a fitness or personal trainer. Different employers demand different certifications and the certifications themselves vary greatly in terms of speciality and time required to invest in educating …

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18

Nov'12

The need for HIT

At HITuni we believe that the benefits of exercise should be available to all. The approach to exercise that HITUni advocates focuses on safety, efficiency and effectiveness. High Intensity Strength Training has for the last 30 years been only a niche of the wider fitness industry. The fitness industry has tended to attract young, relatively healthy and active individuals of both sexes: those who are physically most capable. The fitness industry has typically centred its attention on marketing and promoting “the next new thing”- trends that come and go, and has often looked to sell the image of a lifestyle …

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18

Nov'12

The time for HIT is now

There is a need and a growing demand for highly skilled HIT experts, the type of Personal Trainers HITUni will educate and certify. The time for HIT is now, with popular books such as Body by Science by McGuff and Little and The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution by Fred Hahn, television shows such as the recent (2012) Horizon episode on exercise and academic papers such as Resistance Training to Momentary Muscular Failure Improves Cardiovascular Fitness in Humans (a Review of Acute Physiological Responses and Chronic Physiological Adaptations) by James Steele, James Fisher, Doug McGuff, Stewart Bruce-Low and Dave Smith, all signaling …

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18

Nov'12

What is High Intensity Training?

There has been a prevailing misconception that to be fit a person must train at least three times a week for half an hour or more. However over the last decade there has been an increase in published scientific research that confirms the efficacy of HIT: 1-2 exercise interventions per week of 10-25 minutes in length, each consisting of between 3- 8 biomechanically sound exercises that when combined usually address the body as a whole (although “split-routines” are viable), where muscle groups are taken to momentary failure (or fatigue) in a single set within a timeframe of 45-120 seconds per …

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17

Nov'12

Doug McGuff MD, explains High Intensity Training at HITuni.com

Doug McGuff MD, co-author of Body by Science explains HIT (High Intensity Training), in a nutshell.

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17

Nov'12

James Steele explains High Intensity Training (HIT) at HITuni.com

James Steele BSc (Hons), Associate Lecturer at the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sport Science at Southampton Solent University explains HIT (High Intensity Training), in a nutshell.

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