Colorado Springs trainer disputes findings of “one-minute workout” study

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — You could sprint around the track once, or spend almost an hour on the treadmill. New research suggests one minute of high-intensity activity does just as much good as 45 minutes of moderate exercise.

This is according to a study from McMaster University in Canada. The minute is divided into three 20-second bursts of activity, with recovery time in between. With the warm-up and cool-down, the time commitment is about 10 minutes.

But one expert in the fitness industry said the study has some gaps.

“What this study isn’t addressing at all is strength training,” master personal trainer Kip Biese said. “Even if you buy into the idea that ‘I’m just going to do these short intervals and that’s all I need to get health and fit, because the study showed people getting fitter by doing this,’ that’s not addressing your core strength, muscular strength, muscular endurance, all sorts of things that are important in how the body works day to day.”

If you’re interested in giving it a shot, they said climbing a few flights of stairs or getting on a stationary bike is the best way to start.

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