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July 6, 2011 1:57 PM
I can only guess that the couch one is running, but how do you start it up?
And I just don't know what HIIT is. I'm kind of interested in starting up on a running challenge, as long as it can be done via treatmill, not outdoors!

Anyone wanna fill me in? :)
July 6, 2011 1:59 PM
Here is the c25k site:
July 6, 2011 1:59 PM
There are websites that give you the break down, and training samples, as above.

HITT is High Intensity Interval Training - great for cardio and fat burning, making the most of your time by doing intense intevals for your workout. Google it, you'll see a ton of workout samples :)

IE: on the treadmill:

1. Run at 12 mph for 30 seconds to one minute (hands off!)
2. Walk easy for two minutes.
3. Repeat cycle seven more times.
4. If the work interval doesn’t fry you, use a slight grade.
5. Or, run at 6 or more mph at 15 percent incline.
Edited by Smashlee1984 On July 6, 2011 2:00 PM
July 6, 2011 2:00 PM
I've never heard of HIIT, but Couch to 5K is a program over 9 weeks that gradually builds you up to be able to do a 5K, by running and walking three days a week. It prompts you to walk, then run, then walk again, and run again, gradually building up the running time. I am currently in week 5 of the Couch to 10K program.
July 6, 2011 2:01 PM
Couch to 5k is a program designed to get someone who is not running to be able to run a 5 kilometer race (or about 3 miles) in a period of 9 weeks. it is a gradual build up starting with alot of walking and some running mixed in to running for 30 mins straight. It is a great way to work in to a running routine if you are interested but worried about starting.

HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training. Alot of the current exercize programs are based on that model. P90X, Insanity, Jillian Michael's 30 day shred.
July 6, 2011 2:01 PM will give you the 411 on C25K.

Basically its a structured path which trains people to go from Not Running to Running a 5 Kilometers (3.1 Miles). Excellent program.

HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training. Something you would get into after some seasoning. You would likely do the C25K ahead of HIIT.
July 6, 2011 2:02 PM
HIIT is high intensity interval training. You can look here for more info:
July 6, 2011 2:03 PM
Okay, HIIT sounds way too intense for me, I can't even run that long going 5.5 mph. e___e
I think I'm more interested in couch to 5k, gotta look into this!
July 6, 2011 2:09 PM
Hey Jelly, check out the link in my signature for more info on C25K if you're thinking of getting started. I started last week and also have a MFP group on here that are supporting each other through the program.
July 6, 2011 2:15 PM

This site has various FREE playlists for C25K...if you have a mp3 player or a phone that can hold 'em! The voice over tells you everything you need to do & when to do it!
July 6, 2011 2:19 PM
I'm not sure what your current fitness level is so take what I'm going to say with a grain of salt.

I could NOT do C25k until I lost quite a bit of weight doing other less impact aerobics (like elliptical and walking). I'm just now in Week 4 of C25k and I'm down 67lbs (from 242 to 175), trying it when I was over 200 was just too hard on my knees.

So if you find it is too hard don't be discouraged and start out with something else and then try C25K again later. Good luck! It's definitely a journey :D
July 6, 2011 2:46 PM
Hi All,

I am thinking about giving this a go myself as I currently can't run the length of myself. I've just found these NHS podcasts which you can stick on your iPod to help you keep time while out running.

Hope this helps x


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