Number One Interval Training Problem

Yesterday I was up at 4am writing a nutrition article, followed by walking the dog through a cornfield out here on the farm by 6am, and doing my old man warm-up outside at 7am.

There was no MRT workout for me though, because I’m still sore in my forearms and gluteus medius (media? medium? mediusi?) due to last weekend’s Tough Mudder race (from the monkey bars and downhill running, respectively).

But at 9am, as I do almost every day, I logged onto the Internet and did a “training QnA” on my Facebook page here.

One of the questions, from TT reader, Kelly Furlonger, brought up the #1 problem with interval training (that most people don’t know about).

Kelly asked…

“What’s your opinion on 3 spinning (indoor cycling) sessions a week as interval training?”

My answer: Physiologically, it’s fine.You’ll certainly lose fat and get fit with spinning.


Biomechanically, that person will eventually end up with an overuse injury.

Could be in 3 weeks, could be in 3 years. But it will happen.

Happens to everyone. Back when I was a full time trainer, one of the physiotherapists at the gym (who should have known better) was addicted to spinning. And she paid the price. When she walked, it looked like she had spent the last three hours on a horse.

Ride’em cowgirl.

It wasn’t pretty.

You see, the #1 problem with interval training is the same as the SECOND biggest problem with cardio (I’ll explain the TOP FIVE problems with cardio next week).

And that #1 interval training problem is…

Overuse injury from repetitive movement.

If you spin for 40 minutes, you’ll end up doing about 4000 repetitions of the same movement. And if you have even the slightest biomechanical problem in your body, it will magnify and turn into an injury hot spot.

It’s just like putting a magnifying glass between the sun and a plastic toy soldier…you’ll m soldier…you’ll magnify the sun’s power and the soldier will melt.

But in your body, you’ll magnify the biomechanical problem and end up wearing down your connective tissue until WHAM – injury blammo.

By the way, overuse injury is also the #1 problem with weight training. If you do too many reps with too much intensity for specific movements, for example, with the hard-on-the-shoulders bench press movement, you’ll end up with chronic pain and problems.

The solution?

Changing your training methods, exercises, rep schemes, and programs on a regular basis.

How do you do that?

Turbulence Training, of course, using:
1.    TT 31 Interval Workouts
2.    TT Metabolic Resistance Training 1.0
3.    TT Metabolic Resistance Training 2.0
4.    Bodyweight Cardio 3
5.    Bodyweight Cardio 4
6.    Bodyweight Cardio 5
7.    TT for Buff Dudes and Hot Chicks
Etc. (There are over 130 Turbulence Training programs.)

Now if you went spinning, it would cost you at least $15 per session, so that’s over $150 per month.

And if you invested in each of the above TT workouts separately, that would set you back over $155.

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Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
Author, Turbulence Training

  • Laura

    This is great advice. I am a certified Spinning (TM) instructor and personal trainer, and I absolutely agree that cross-training with a variety of activities is the best way to get in shape without getting injured along the way. I do spend on average 2-3 hours a week Spinning, but I mix it up with resistance training, running, dance, and anything else that sounds like fun, and so far my joints are holding up okay because of all the variety. (I’m going to be fifty next month so I take nothing for granted!)

    I particularly like kettlebell training for myself and all my personal training clients who are serious cyclists and/or runners because so many of the kettlebell exercises emphasize the posterior chain which tends to get underused and weak in anyone who spends too much time Spinning or running. I also encourage them to start deadlifting if they aren’t already doing so, again because it’s so great for all the muscles in the back side of the body.

    The bottom line here is: it’s definitely possible to be extremely active almost daily as long as you’re not always doing the same thing at the same level of intensity. Of course you can also get in great shape WITHOUT spending hours and hours working out if that’s not your thing, and Turbulence Training is awesome for that!

  • Vix

    I love to do sets of weights with interval cardio in between- 3 or 5 mins of interval cardio, then the next set. The variety makes it much more fun!