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There was a recent BBC Horizon programme that reported on High Intensity Training … where 3 minutes high intensity exercise will make you fit and healthy!

Sceptical?  So was I!!

You can no longer see the programme on BBC iPlayer, but there’s a BBC News article about it, and here’s a 30-minute version that aired in the USA on PBS:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnpgtdrMoME

The programme seems to have been inspired by the work of Izumi Tabata which has inspired a lot of interest in Tabata training or Low Frequency High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

This video should give you an idea:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okA7B5vsIYU

There are also some echos of HIIT in the Paleo exercise regimes … the notion being that we think about the likely pattern of exercise for hunter gatherers: short bursts of intense effort while hunting, followed by long periods of rest while eating the kill.

A lot of paleo people are into Crossfit:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzD9BkXGJ1M

The description on that You Tube video says:

What is CrossFit? CrossFit is an effective way to get fit. Anyone can do it.

My reaction right now is, “yeah, right!”


We just signed up for six sessions of Crossfit with CrossFit Lake Mary, mainly because of the “Power of Community” book, below.  They say that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger; we will see.


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Superhumans

I shall have more to say about super humans later, but my mind has been completely blown away by realising that there are people doing things I never imagined possible: like running 135 miles across Death Valley in 120 degree heat in 24 hours, non stop.  It makes you think, doesn’t it?  Well, it makes me think!

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