Do fast workouts really work?

  • Article by: Allie Shah , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 8, 2014 - 10:36 PM

In the quest to get fit fast, slow and steady is losing ground. Quick workouts — some as short as four minutes a day — are attracting those with a need for speed. But some health experts are dubious.

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bredpathJan. 8, 14 1:23 PM

I'm sorry, but 30 minutes a week is not going to cut it.

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jbpaperJan. 8, 14 7:39 PM

"These minimalist exercises, as they’re called, are a part of the all-intensity programs popularized by the CrossFit-style gyms dotting the Twin Cities and the bestselling at-home DVD workouts like P90X and Insanity."------ While workouts like Insanity are based on high intensity interval training, I wouldn't group it in with the other minimalist training programs. It's 45 to 60 minutes a day, 6 days a week. That's a lot more than 7 minutes a day or 30 minutes a week.

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roberth999Jan. 8, 14 8:19 PM

Hahahahhahahahahaha! Hahahhahahahahah! Really?

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nordeastMONKEYJan. 8, 1410:20 PM

Look out your window. See that? No, it's not frost obscuring your view, it is the past. Generations of northern European farmers using their bodies day in and day out. Lifting, pulling, carrying and - yes - walking. Now look inside your window. See that? It is the present. Another post-WWII generation riding a desk. Commuting from their air-conditioned garages to their air-conditioned cubicles. Pushing groceries in a cart and babies in a pram. Driving around health club parking lots looking for a convenient parking spot up front so they can get inside and use ... the elliptical or some other electric-powered walking machine. Now look in the mirror. Is that you? Are you one of those looking for a faster way? A shortcut? Is looking better your primary motivation? Do you want to raise or lower those biomedical parameters you hardly understand because the press says you should? Good for you. Go get your membership card to our UnBrave Old World laminated. You have arrived!

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billybillyJan. 8, 1410:27 PM

Interval training does work. It has to be done properly, and after an aerobic base has been established. I've coached 3 different cycling teams and my first lecture was always, "It doesn't take long to get strong, but you have to be fit first." They are different. You are putting yourself at risk jumping into an intense exercise regime without a proper base, and that does take time.

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