Define Peak fitness
Some of us are pretty new to the world of health and fitness, and are really not very used to talking about different types of fitness programs. Defining what is peak fitness is important. Peak fitness is a comprehensive exercise program that takes cardio training to an advanced level. The name ‘peak fitness’ represents the graph of your heart rate, which shoots up several times during the workout.
Let us now understand the benefits of peak fitness!
Benefits of Peak Fitness
With the objective to deeply understand the benefits of peak fitness, it is imperative to first know about three different types of muscle fibres that our body has:
1. Slow muscle fibres
These are your red muscles that are filled with mitochondria and capillaries. In addition, they also contain lots of oxygen.
2. Fast muscle fibres
Fat muscle fibres are also the red muscles, but are five times faster than slow muscle fibres.
3. Super-fast muscle fibres
Finally, we have super-fast muscle fibres that contain less blood and are primarily used for anaerobic exercises.
Peak Fitness engages the super-fast muscle fibres, which has many positive effects on the metabolic system in the body. Besides, by engaging these fast and super-fast muscle fibres, Peak Fitness also assists in producing human growth hormone (HGH) naturally. HGH promotes muscle growth and effectively burns excess fat.
The point is, the higher the level of your growth hormone, the healthier you will be. Therefore, maintaining adequate levels of HGH is profoundly significant, but once you cross the age benchmark of 30, your levels of HGH decline. It is, however, with the help of Peak Fitness exercises, you will allow your body to produce HGH naturally by training the fast and super-fast muscle fibres.
Peak Fitness exercises help in increasing the production of human growth hormone was concluded based on an eight-week study that was conducted by Phil Campbell and his team. The study discovered that a single Peak Fitness session can result in an average 771 per cent increase in HGH.
In addition to increasing HGH levels, Peak Fitness helps in the following:
a. Decrease body fat
b. Increases vitality and energy
c. Improves muscle tone
d. Improves overall athletic speed and performance
e. Helps in achieving fitness goals quickly
f. Firmer skin
g. Assists in reducing wrinkles
A Typical Peak Fitness Routine!
Since we have already established the active benefits of Peak Fitness exercises, let us now look at some of the most popular peak fitness exercises.
One of the most interesting aspects of a Peak Fitness exercise is, it takes less than 30 minutes to complete the entire session. But, make note that in those 20 to 25 minutes of exercising, 75 per cent will be spent on warming up and cooling down the muscles, which means only 4 to 5 minutes will be the time of performing a high intensive exercise.
Isn’t that awesome, with all those amazing benefits that you get in just 4 to 5 minutes of exercising?
Take a look of what a standard Peak Fitness routine looks like!
1. Perform basic warm up exercises for about 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Now for at least 30 seconds, exercise harder and faster. Your performed exercises should make you catch your breath, should increase your body temperature, and should make you feel a muscle burn. It is advisable to opt for low resistance and higher repetitions for better results.
3. You will then have around 90 seconds to recover or cool down; however, don’t stop. Ensure that you continue to move at a slower pace and with decreased resistance.
4. You have to repeat the high intensity exercise and cooling off process for at least 6 to 7 times. Newbies can aim for 2 to 3 repetitions of high-intensity intervals.
5. Finally, and most importantly, allow your muscles to cool down for a few minutes.
Ensure that you are aware of your strength and limitation. Do not make the mistake of overdoing the exercise, especially when you are just starting out. The intensity of peak fitness exercises varies from person to person, and everything boils down to individual fitness levels.
Should you go for peak fitness through sprinting?
Peak fitness exercises also involve sprinting. But, sprinting is only recommended for those individuals who are prepared (mentally and physically) to take their peak fitness exercises to a more challenging level.
Experts advice sprinting should be avoided unless you are in excellent shape along with having some training in sprinting. Sprinting is undeniably not for everyone as injuries are a pretty usual phenomena after trying sprinting.
Also, like some fools, do not sprint on a treadmill. The chances of hurting yourselves are much higher while sprinting on treadmills.
Finally, if you do want to go ahead with sprinting, make sure that you do warm-ups before sprinting otherwise you do it at your own peril.
How often should you perform peak fitness exercises?
This is a very important question. Despite the benefits offered by peak fitness exercises are numerous, it should not be performed on a daily basis as your body needs time to heal and recover.
As per Phil Campbell, fast muscle fibres need at least 48 hours to heal and recover. It is advisable to stick to only 2 peak fitness sessions per week as this will give enough time to your muscles to recover and also help in increasing your growth hormone in each session.
One Final Tip!
The above mentioned information for peak fitness exercises can be overwhelming. But, believe the experts, the benefits are plenty. Before you hit the peak fitness exercise regime, one last thing that you need to know is, be aware of your body and mind. Take it easy, start slow and gradually increase the intensity as you get along.
You should also take good care of your personal hygiene. Taking a shower immediately after the peak fitness session is important. Moreover, do not forget to carry some tea tree oil cleansing wipes along as that can keep your skin clean and germ free.
Evie Dawson is a fitness coach and health writer based in Boston, MA. Her passion is to encourage