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Pip Taylor

Pip Taylor

“Cycle Studio is quite literally a dream come true. Knowing that I have access to such a quality indoor training option while in Sydney is real peace of mind – not only can I ride safely indoors and as part of an energetic group to keep motivation high, but it means I don’t have to travel with a bike to get some quality training in. Especially now with a young baby, short hard intense training suits my time constraints but is also the most effective no matter what distance I am training for. The staff are knowledgable, fun and enthusiastic and the facilities and equipment are top class. Riding with power is essential for me to be able to track progress and know that I am hitting training goals. Put simply the numbers never lie! I wish I had Cycle Stdio as my permanent home base, but will now happily plan my trips to Sydney knowing that my training is never compromised. Hope to see you there too!”...
H.I.I.T High Intensity Interval Training

H.I.I.T High Intensity Interval Training

H.I.I.T As you may have seen on fitness programs or read in fitness magazine articles, H.I.I.T is what everyone is talking about. What is H.I.I.T? It stands for High Intensity Interval Training. In a nutshell, after a sufficient warm up short high intensity intervals are performed followed by a longer recovery. This type of training has become the most popular way of training for two reasons: It is highly time efficient for you time poor individuals and it is proven to work. It has the most “bang for your buck”. How does it work? The body’s initial response to this training is very drastic, mainly because you have just changed the way you train. The intensity of the work out will set the tone for the results gained from interval training as you are now pushing your body harder then you ever have done before. The body has a fantastic ability to adapt to the training stress you apply. From a cardiovascular perspective it increases your stroke volume of your heart (the amount of blood pumped per minute) and heart contractility (the forcefulness of each heart contraction) for the short period which increases the amount of oxygen to your muscles. Oxygen is essential in the production of energy. Studies have also shown H.I.I.T to increase VO2 max by 15% over 8 weeks as opposed to 9% for endurance training. VO2 is considered the body’s upper limit for consuming, distributing and using oxygen for energy production. Muscularly H.I.I.T increases the size and number of the energy producing cells (mitchondria) in the muscles. Increased size and number means more energy to...