The past two years I’ve enjoyed a luxury that some dream of. I’ve been a full time athlete. And, by this I mean that literally all my time was dedicated to training and participating in the sport of obstacle racing. Specifically, I was a sponsored Spartan Racer. I’d of continued on with this activity, despite its minimalist income, as it was and is something I am passionate about. Unfortunately for me, at the moment, my body reacquires some serious work to recover from poor training decisions, and the trauma that being an athlete caused my finances.
Some would throw in the towel, as at 36, it seems people would say I’m over the hill. To them, I say, I’m just getting started. Regardless of my clear enthusiasm to endure massive amounts of physical and financial pain, the reality set in that I needed to recover my body and wallet. So, this year I have returned to the work force to reclaim my health and wealth. With this new chapter comes the fear that I’ll loose what I spent hours a day, and by this I mean regularly training for 6-10hrs with biking, swimming, running, climbing, hiking, lifting, and whatever else I could to make myself a top placing Spartan Racer. Alas, despite being consumed to my fears, I switched gears and began researching how I could maximize my results despite my limited hours, in comparison, available for training.
Having spent time working with various training partners and techniques I’d picked up from the internet, I knew there were options for me to create great results without as much time. Alas, this would come at a cost. As some know, there are forms of high intensity training that force the body, albeit, somewhat traumatically, into going into overdrive. These high intensity training techniques are essentially rocket rides to light headed, star speckled sight. Sometimes ending with your lunch in the wastebasket. Actually, if you’re really doing it right, your lunch always exits the system.
The options one has in creating maximum results with minimum time, is only limited to your creativity and willingness to push your limits. For some, they’re looking for a short cut to running endurance and speed, while others just want to get ripped. For me, it’s a bit of both. In wanting to strike a balance of the two, I’ve compiled a list of links to various high intensity training techniques that will actually produce results within limited time frames and schedules. While I cannot guarantee the same results for all, I can say this. You results are only limited to your efforts. If you want to see massive gains, you’ve got to be willing to go hard, the whole time. No excuses. This training is not for the weak, and will take you way beyond your comfort zone.
So, find your most self-deprecating thought. Find that thing you hate most, the thing that drives you the hardest. Or, perhaps a lost love, lost chance, a bad choice, a foe, a failing, whatever brings out your inner beast. Let that beast loose, and seriously, take care in doing so. If you’ve got any heart issues, DO NOT ATTEMPT ANY OF THESE TECHNIQUES. Otherwise, best of luck in your training. Ease into these techniques, as it is very easy to hurt yourself when you’re going this hard. Most of all stay focused, dedicated and inspired.
- 8 Week High Intensity Fat Burning Exercise Program
- 10 Minute Treadmill High Intensity Program
- HIIT, Tabata Protocols