There was once a time when exercise meant a few sessions each week spent training or playing sport. Today, science has come a long way from that. Studies have shown that in order to lose weight, you need to combine three types of activity: high-intensity interval training (HIIT); low-intensity, or “incidental” activity; and resistance training.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT)
In the 1990s, researchers in Japan made an intriguing discovery: just four minutes of high-intensity exercise (four cycles of a 20-second sprint followed by a 10-second active recovery), when carried out for five days per week over a six-week period, could deliver equivalent fitness to one hour of normal-intensity exercise.
Since the discovery of HIIT, evidence of its benefits has continued to grow. Researchers have learned that unlike normal-intensity exercise, HIIT directly targets visceral fat, burning away the fatty deposits that can lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
Recently, studies have also shown that as well as improving fitness, HIIT can actually reverse the effects of ageing on the mitochondria – the power-houses of the cell. As we age, the ability of the mitochondria to obtain energy by burning glucose declines. In tests, however, HIIT boosted the performance of mitochondria by 49% in people aged 18-30, and by a stunning 69% in people aged 65-80.
Our aim is to get you to a healthy weight with minimal fuss, in minimal time. This is why HIIT is central to our exercise plan: we know how busy life can be, and so we work with your schedule, not against it.