Why Interval Training Is Better than Continuous Cardio

With new research on exercise steadily surfacing, it can be hard to keep up with the headlines. But amid the many calls to change your routine, one thing seems to remain constant: the benefits of interval training. Here are 30-minute routines for the elliptical, stepmill, and treadmill to freshen up your sessions.

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With new research on exercise steadily surfacing, it can be hard to keep up with the headlines. But amid the many calls to change your routine, one thing seems to remain constant: the benefits of interval training. Some of our favorite evidence:

A study in the Journal of Physiology found that 20 minutes of interval training (30-second bursts followed by four minutes of recovery) produced the same physiological adaptations in the body and improvements in performance as 90 minutes of continuous cardio at a moderate pace. Another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that those who practiced high-intensity interval training for 15 weeks had a reduction in subcutaneous fat (the kind that sits just below your skin) that was nine times greater than those who performed steady-state cardio workouts for 20 weeks. And the list goes on and on.

Here, 30-minute routines for the elliptical, stepmill, and treadmill to freshen up your sessions, created by Equinox Tier 4 Coach Giovanni Roselli.

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