Interval Training Beginner

Interval Training for Beginners
The following workouts below are basic interval workouts for beginners, alternating high intensity exercise with low intensity recovery periods. Choose one of the three workouts using the cardio machine of your choice or do the workout outside, if you prefer. The sample workouts are shown on a treadmill. Detailed instructions for doing the workouts and monitoring intensity are at the end of the page.

Interval Beginner Workout 1 - 22 Minutes

Warm up 5 Minutes: RPE 3-4: Warm Up at an easy pace
Rest Set 5 Minutes: RPE 5: Increase speed from warm up and set the incline to 1%. Keep a moderate pace.
Work Set 1 Minute: RPE 7 - Increase incline to raise the intensity level. You should be working hard!
Rest Set 5 Minutes: RPE 5 - Decrease speed and incline to lower your heart rate back to a comfortable level
Work Set 1 Minute: RPE 8 - Increase speed to raise the intensity level. You should be working hard!
Cool down 5 Minutes: RPE 3-5 - Decrease speed/incline to lower your heart rate back to a comfortable level and cool down

Beginner Workout 2 - 25 Minutes

Warm up 5 Minutes: RPE 3-4: Warm Up
Rest Set 5 Minutes: RPE 5: Increase the speed from the warm up and set the incline to at least 1%. Keep a moderate pace.
Work Set 5 Minutes: RPE 6-7 - Increase speed and raise incline. You should be working harder here, but still feel good.
Rest Set 5 Minutes: RPE 5: Decrease speed and incline back to a moderate pace.
Cool down 5 Minutes: RPE 3-4: Cool down at a slow, easy pace

Beginner Workout 3 - 29 Minutes

Warm up 5 Minutes: RPE 3-4: Warm Up
Rest Set 5 minutes: RPE 5: Increase speed and/or incline from warm-up to slightly higher than comfortable pace
Work Set 2 minutes: RPE 6: Increase the incline to increase intensity
Rest Set 5 minutes: RPE 5: Decrease incline back to 0% and walk at a moderate pace
Work Set 2 minute: RPE: 7 Increase speed AND incline to bring heart rate up.
Rest Set 5 minutes: RPE: 5 Decrease speed/incline to recover back to a medium intensity
Cool down 5 minutes: RPE 3: Cool down by walking at a comfortable pace

Instructions

For each 'work set', use the settings on your machine (incline, speed, resistance, ramps, etc.) to increase intensity. You should be working out of your comfort zone, but not so hard that you feel dizzy or lightheaded.
For each 'rest set', lower those same settings until you're back to a moderate pace. You should be completely recovered before the next work set.
Modify according to your fitness level. If you want to go longer or faster, go for it. If you can't do the entire workout, do as much as you can and add a little time each week
The RPE's (Rate of Perceived Exertion) are to help you keep track of your intensity on a scale of 1 - 10. During rest sets, stay around 5-6 RPE. During work sets, you should be working around 7-8 RPE.
If you don't feel completely recovered at the end of the recovery periods, extend them as long as you need to.
See your doctor before you begin any workout program.
You can also use a Target Heart Rate Calculator to monitor your exercise intensity.

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I'm going to try workout number 3
thank for the advise

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