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  • Dr Russ Reinbolt

The Importance of High Intensity Workouts and Strength Training

Cardio, cardio, cardio. Everybody knows about cardio. What must be emphasized though is the importance of strength training for not just competitive athletes but anyone interested in achieving maximal fitness. And that’s you!

We all love being very fit from a cardiovascular standpoint. Weight training/resistance training allows one to develop strong bones, muscle and more importantly connective tissue. This reduces the chance of injury in training and in competition but of course also in our daily lives. It also allows us to tolerate the rigors of cardio training. Finally, it’s a hell of a lot of fun! One doesn’t have to belong to a fancy gym with all kinds of bells and whistles. With little or even no equipment, an extremely beneficial workout can be completed.

Secondarily, I have added high intensity training to my routine. My primary goal: elevate my heart rate as high as possible for as long as possible. I have noticed incredible gains in the last few years as a result of this type of training. However, it takes tremendous discipline to be able to tolerate these extremely demanding workouts.

One can do all strength training, all high intensity training or like I do, a mix of the two. One can vary the routine from week to week. The workouts just have to be done because when it comes to maximizing one’s fitness, there are no shortcuts and no excuses!

After receiving approval from your personal physician, I challenge you to challenge yourself by adding this type of training to your routine.

Watch the video to see what I do once or twice a week.

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