HELP !!!

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    May 12, 2008 6:31 PM GMT
    RJers I need your advice. My cardiologist just okayed me to try High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). (Oh, I can hear all you teens and tweens snickering).

    I read the thread a couple of weeks ago about the benefits of HIIT not being all that it was originally believed. But I am more interested in HIIT for cardiac improvement. After my heart attack my Ejection Fraction (heart efficiency) was down to about 30% with the average for the US population being ~60%. With regular workouts I have gotten my EF up to close to 50% and hope to use HIIT to bring it up to normal or better. Any weight or fat loss would be a bonus.

    I have read a number of articles on HIIT and have gotten really confused. One will say do HIIT alone; others say do it before weight work or after or do it with chest work or with leg work. Once a week or twice or three times.

    I have found an 8-week routine for ramping up from starting to full 30+ minute HIIT workout. This will allow me to find the best level for me. But the article is very vague about frequency.

    WHAT WORKS FOR YOU? I am most interested in input from RJers over 40, but any advice would be appreciated. One other limitation. With a reconstructed knee, I will be using a stationary bike, since real-time or treadmill running is out, and elliptical machines seem to cause me lateral knee pains.


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    May 12, 2008 6:38 PM GMT
    Let me print this and I will ask my personal trainer this afternoon.

    I am also going to a pulmonary doctor on Friday because the slight aerobic workout seems to send me into a tailspin of huffing and puffing. My GP says my lung volume and heart are just fine. Maybe I will hear something from him about HIIT.