Interval training has rapidly become a popular exercise technique since it hit the mainstream fitness scene a few decades ago. This is primarily due to the efficacy of the method and the fact that it doesn’t take nearly as much time as traditional fitness routines. Maximum interval training, however, is a relatively new concept and has been shown to burn as much as three times as many calories as normal interval workouts.
In traditional interval training, you would alternate between short bursts of high-intensity movement, such as running or pedaling quickly on a stationary bike, and longer stints of rest or lower-intensity movement, such as walking. The idea behind the science is that, during interval training, your body produces excess lactic acid. You are able to burn fat calories more quickly because you feel less fatigued in general and all of it is done in less time than time-consuming, old-fashioned workouts.
The essential definition of max interval training is physical exercise that runs along an opposite schedule as does traditional interval training. Instead of quick bursts of high-intensity activity followed by longer periods of rest, you push to your highest potential energy level for longer periods of time and only rest for approximately 30 seconds in between activities. Your heart rate remains at a level that is at least 80% its full capacity and your body is forced beyond its normal limits. Even during the dips in intensity, your muscles continue to burn through stored fat and carbs as if you are still working your hardest.
Essentially, maximum interval training is the faster, more effective method of weight loss and muscle building. As always, it is important to consult a licensed physician before beginning any intense exercise regimen.