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  1. Default How much HIIT is too much ?!

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    How much HIIT is too much per week?!

    I was doing 2.5hrs per week but recently dropped to 2 hours as I feel I have lost some strength recently. HIIT does take it out of the human body, so how much is too much? How is 'too much' defined? How much do you do?
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    I don't do it but I think a session is meant to last 10-15mins, which you should maybe do 3 times per week max. I'm pretty sure any more is counter-productive.
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    Hmmn I have been enjoying the sessions too, normal cardio just seems so easy now. I'll need a new challenge if 15 minutes is the way to do it.

    Does anyone have an opinion on doing HIIT twice a week for one hour per session, regards effectiveness and safety?

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    it is not HIIT if you can do it for a whole hour
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    I can't get past 12 minutes at the moment.
    Care to explain how your HIIT works anton???
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    If you're doing HIIT for an hour it's either not intense enough or it's not HIIT.

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    as stronglikewood said, 10-15 mins, 3 times a week...
    2 x 1 hour HIIT sessions? You must have amazing endurance and a huge amount of TypeIIa muscle fibres! I'm guessing you're good at 400/800/1500m?

    If it's too easy then simply do it with less breaks (lower speeds). Go with a ratio of 2:1 or 3:1 (Sprint to jog)
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    I like to cycle for long sessions when doing cardio (I perform HIIT on the static bike) and I follow a 3-1 Rest-Work pattern, (or 2-1 depending how much energy I have) where rest is a stead relaxed pace and work is at 90%. Yes the sessions are hard or I wouldnt do them, but acheivable and I enjoy them.

    Before starting this kind of training a few weeks ago I used to do up to 90 minute steady paced sessions on the bike, so I am used to long bouts.
    In all honesty I am not certain how long I will keep with this kind of workout as it is very taxing and I may need to give my body a break before long.

    The general consensus on this forum seems to be that I must be doing a different version of HIIT to everyone else, as it would be too much, perhaps I am, but is there any reason not to keep doing what I am doing here -should it be performed in a 'short sharp blast' to get the benefits? -in which case I could swap to 3Work-1Rest pattern instead..
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    well HIIT you should ideally be incorporating 10-20sec intervals of 100% effort with perhaps 1-2min rest inbetween.

    They should only really be done for no longer than 4 weeks at a time as they are severely demanding on the CNS if "performed correctly"
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    Personally I go 30 seconds slow, 30 seconds 100%, 30 seconds slow.....for 12mins total or untill I collapse, which ever comes first, normally the latter. lol
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