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HIIT It, Boomer!

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Looking to get “back in shape”? Consider “High Intensity Interval Training”

Posted June 3, 2011

Looking to get “back in shape”? What shape is that? A pentakaidecagon? Or is it a hexakaidecagon? Exactly.

How many articles, blogs, and columns can you read that tell you the same thing for the 75th time spun with another side? Take this for example, extracted from a good source which cites a professional organization:

"The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends 3-5 days of cardio for about 30-60 minutes. A regular routine of cardio exercise has many benefits, such as weight loss, stronger heart and lungs, increased bone density, reduced stress, and reduced risk of heart disease, some cancers, and depression and anxiety. It also boosts mood, reduces stress, improves the quality of sleep, and increases energy, among other advantages. With so many benefits, no wonder why so many boomers are getting into a regular routine of cardio exercise."

Fries with that milkshake?

Great information...but, you’re still sitting there. What’da ya gonna do?

In the world of fitness, HIIT means High Intensity Interval Training. In the world of information technology, HIIT is the Helsinki Institute of Information Technology. We’ll stick with the former.

Heard blurbs of HIIT? HIIT is popular because it works. It shuffles aside all that blah, blah, blah information and gets down to the nitty gritty of what you want: to get fit.

HIIT tosses boring cardio out the window because it:

A fantastic workout for sure!

Getting in shape also means you’re going to be able to:

What’s tough for you, though, are those push-ups, jumping jacks, dips and mountain climbers that the younger crowd swears by. Put that concern aside. Boomer you has options galore—and we’re gonna show you.

Below is a video I made that shows you exactly what to do, complete with a pdf download. No more excuses like "I don’t have time," "I’m not sure what to do," or "I hate exercise—it’s boring."

If you’ve got 20 minutes, I’ll show you exactly what to do, and will bet you that boring doesn’t even enter your radar.

Here’s how to get started:

You’ll need 2 items.

You can add weight later. These will get you started leaving no excuses on the table to be digested. Sometimes we’ll use a pair, others a single weight. Refer to your PDF for that.

Okay, ready? Here’s your PDF. And below’s your video. See you on the other side!

Lisa Byrne is the owner and CEO of Pilates for Sport in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology, and is a Certified Pilates Instructor. Lisa has been in the Health and Fitness Industry for more than 23 years, operating her fully-equipped Pilates studio since 1999. Visitors to the movement studio span a wide range of physiques and abilities, and include average boomers looking for diversity; young people with Asperger's-Autism; hard-core athletes looking to “loosen up”; and those in need of chronic pain management through movement. Lisa’s website is


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