OK as some of you may know I was doing the Chalean Extreme Program. Well I am not anymore. Now first and foremost let me say I LOVED Chalean. But I stopped for a few reasons
- I need heavier weights
- Didn’t feel like I was improving with the current weights I have
The program is great, a little different than what I expected, but really fantastic. And I will be revisiting it at a future date. I did most of Phase 1 which was the Burn Phase of the program.
In the meantime I decided to join the world of HIIT. OK, lets back up a little. What is HIIT?
Per Wikipedia HIIT is: High-intensity interval training (HIIT), also called High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise (HIIE) or sprint interval training, is an enhanced form of interval training, an exercise strategy alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. HIIT is a form of cardiovascular exercise. Usual HIIT sessions may vary from 4–20 minutes. These short, intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism, and improved fat burning
Or as I like to call it my butt kicking for the day. I never realized how sweaty, nasty and tired I could get in 18 minutes (or less) on the program I am doing. No joke, it’s HARD! But you know what I LOVE it!! I am on my second full week and seriously I already see a difference, no kidding, especially in my mid section. I’m over 40 so if your like me this is easily your problem area too. You see I was starting to get what some consider “skinny fat” it can happen to distance runners. OK what the heck is skinny fat? Well let’s turn to the Urban dictionary for their definition….
A physique, while not overweight (and possibly underweight), lacks any visible lean, striated tissue.