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Burst exercise vs. P90x

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 16, 2013 at 9:20 PM

A lot of people in the paleo world seem to talk about burst training for their workouts. I want to know if doing 90 minutes of p90x is too much intense working out in one day. Is 15 minutes of burst training enough?

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on July 18, 2013
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It may be a generic term for the type of physical activity, but I thought you would understand what I was talking about without getting very specific. I thought the idea was to reach your fitness goals without spending hours a day doing it. The way to do that is with "HIIT". If you want to do it for 2 hours a day or if you think you are capable of doing it for 2 hours a day then by all means go ahead.

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on July 17, 2013
at 10:55 PM

HIIT is a generic term that could be anywhere from 2 minutes ot 2 hours.

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on July 17, 2013
at 02:20 PM

P90X is meant to be a high intensity overall fitness workout that is designed to get results in a relatively quick way. By quick I mean results in 90 days not the time it takes each day to perform the exersize. I think the results of users who followed the 90 day plan are amazing and if that is what you are looking for then go for it. P90X absolutely works... On the other hand if you are looking to be fit for life and aren't looking for imediate results or if you completed P90X and are looking to stay fit for the long haul there are more studies showing that short bursts or interval training is the best form of exersize. High intensity bursts with short recovery periods do more to increase lean muscle and improve cardio fitness than long endurance type workouts ( and in half the time). Check out the web for Jake Hunters 4 minute abs, even the scam sites have nothing but raves for his fitness program. I have not personally tried it yet but plan on following it once I reach my ideal weight. I currently use Insanity for my workouts, in otherwords High Intensity Interval Training. It is still fairly long, about 40 minutes a day, but 10 to 12 minutes is warming up and stretching. I am 3 days into my 4th week and I have lost 16 lbs. already. I have been following a fairly strict Paleo diet, I do include a lot of fruit which should be contrary to losing weight, but the HIIT has really helped to shed the pounds. I will say that I cannot argue with the results I have seen from crossfitters or weightlifters and of course P90Xers, but it takes a very special person in my opinion to keep that kind of workout schedule up for extended periods of time. And what about your work and/or family schedule. My point is you could absolutely get fit, stay fit and change your body composition with HIIT which requires far less time than those other programs.

235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

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on July 18, 2013
at 01:41 PM

It may be a generic term for the type of physical activity, but I thought you would understand what I was talking about without getting very specific. I thought the idea was to reach your fitness goals without spending hours a day doing it. The way to do that is with "HIIT". If you want to do it for 2 hours a day or if you think you are capable of doing it for 2 hours a day then by all means go ahead.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 17, 2013
at 10:55 PM

HIIT is a generic term that could be anywhere from 2 minutes ot 2 hours.

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on July 17, 2013
at 01:34 AM

If you think you can handle it, do it. If you feel like you aren't recovering as well, back off a bit. I wouldn't recommend it more than 2 or 3 times a week.

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on July 16, 2013
at 10:07 PM

I've never heard of HIT or HIIT described as "burst training", but with some googling, it seems like "burst training" is a somewhat branded form of HIIT.

So, considering that definition ... yes, 90 minutes is almost certainly wayyyyy to much for HIIT. When you are beginning, 3-5 minutes may seem like too much. 15-25 minutes is pretty ideal if you are already somewhat fit.

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