What's all the fuss about the 'scientific 7-minute workout'?

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This high intensity exercise regime is surrounded by hype, so what's the deal?

The Scientific 7-Minute Workout

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Whether you've read the original piece in the New York Times or scoured the study in the American College of Sports Medicine's Health and Fitness Journal, you've probably got mixed views about the 'Scientific 7-Minute Workout'.

Now, let's just clear a few things up - this isn't actually a scientific study in the white-lab-coat-controlled-testing kinda' way. In fact, the official article was published by two trainers who've devised what they deem to be the perfect quick high intensity body weight workout.

Basically the 7-Minute Workout is a way of sneaking in a sweat-inducing training session when you're short on time. All you need is your own body weight, a chair and a wall and a willingness to keep going even when you, literally, want to die. The workout is designed to help you reap all the health and fitness benefits of three weekly sessions into a once-a-week pain fest.

The workout barely has any rest or recovery periods (roughly ten seconds between moves) and you'll be alternating between upper body and lower body exercises that push you to breaking point. This will fire up your muscles, boost your metabolism, burn fat and reduce your risk of heart-attack inducing diseases.

But there's one problem; if you're enjoying your seven minutes, you're doing it wrong! This is supposed to be hell. To try the workout visit the official 7-Minute workout here.

The original study states that, "…caution should be taken when prescribing this protocol to individuals who are overweight/obese, detrained, previously injured, or elderly or for individuals with comorbidities. For individuals with hypertension or heart disease, the isometric exercises (wall sit, plank, and side plank) are not recommended. For all individuals, the Valsalva manoeuvre should be avoided...Proper execution requires a willing and able participant who can handle a great degree of discomfort for a relatively short duration."

Errrrmmm okay then.

If you're not in great shape, you can still do the workout, but you're going to need to take your time. Forget seven minutes and aim for 20 minutes instead.

What do you think? Are you going to give it a try?

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