Archive for the tag - intervals

Davey’s Skin Secret Happens at the Gym!

And the secret to good skin is.... sweat!

Believe it or not, of all the things in the world, I get a lot of emails about my skin. Most often, people ask me what products I use to maintain such a clear, glowing and acne-free complexion.

I have never used a skin or acne product. Just water and sometimes regular soap. The secret, though, is what happens at the gym.

I make it a point to sweat. A lot. By the time I’m done with a set of intervals or a 5k, I’ve really pushed my body to its limits. I’m drenched in sweat. I run fast and hard; my heart races and my sweat glands are activated for natural cooling of the body. But sweat does more than cool the body. It has a deep cleansing effect on skin.

The reality is that sweat can be your skin’s best friend. When sweat emerges from your pores, it acts a bit like a river washing away everything that gets in its way as it reaches the surface. That includes dead skin cells which can clog up your pores or that can prevent your new skin cells from developing properly.

And here’s a strange and disgusting sweat fact: The smell associated with sweat isn’t actually the sweat itself. It’s the bacteria in your skin that the sweat flushes out.

So sweat does more than cool the body and burn calories – it leaves your skin fresh, clean and rejuvenated. Yet another reason to hit the gym.

You have 2 million sweat glands. Use them.

Bust Your Ass (and Belly) with Interval Training!

Running his way into my heart.

One of my favorite training techniques is interval training. I love interval training because it burns 30% more calories than exercising at one pace and it boosts your metabolism like none other – for up to 12 hours after exercise. It’s great for losing weight, toning, definition (hello, six pack), injury prevention, burn-out reduction and performance.

Want to give it a shot? Set aside 40 minutes and grab a sweat towel:

  1. Warm up with five minutes of low-intensity jogging.
  2. Stop and stretch for a good three minutes. Stretching will improve your performance and reduce the risk of injury.
  3. Start cycle 1: Pick up your pace to a medium-intensity speed and hold it for three minutes. This is a pace that you’d be able to maintain for the entire workout.
  4. No, go full out. Run hard for 1 minute. Really burn yourself out at a speed that pushes you to your limits. After the one minute, drop back down to your medium-intensity speed.
  5. Each subsequent cycle will follow this same pattern. 3 minutes of aerobic/recovery and 1 minute of anaerobic/sprinting. Do four more cycles (five cycles in total).
  6. Cool down with five minutes of low-intensity jogging.
  7. Stretch again.

I usually do my interval training (and running, in general) on a treadmill; it’s easier to set a speed and monitor the time. But, you can certainly perform interval training outside with the help of a watch or stopwatch.

Running not your thing? Try this same program on a bicycle. Or, modify it slightly to try in the pool (2 laps recover, 1 lap sprinting).

And, feel free to change the numbers. You may want to shorten recover time or do more cycles. Make it your own and have fun with it. It will kick your ass, but the results speak for themselves. Enjoy!