For Grand Junction trainer, interval training guards against the body hitting stall periods

His stopwatch in hand, Mike Davis watches a participant during an interval training class at Snap Fitness, 569 32 Road.

With interval training gaining in popularity with exercise experts, at least one Grand Junction personal trainer is making sure his clients receive the benefits of intense exercise.

Monday through Friday, Mike Davis, 39, puts on four 40-minute classes of interval training at Snap Fitness in Clifton.

“One way to lose weight is hopping on a treadmill and maintaining a pace for two hours,” Davis said. “It’s an effective way of losing weight, but you have to put in a lot of time. Interval training is high intensity.”

According to a recent story from The Associated Press, studies are showing that interval training is so productive it could revolutionize exercise experts’ recommendations for how people exercise.

Interval training is based on short spurts of intense training followed by short periods of rest. The style of training helps to avoid plateau periods where the body adjusts to the work it’s being put through.

“Let’s say your job is walking up and down the street. Your body is going to lose weight at first, but it’s going to adapt after a while,” Davis said. “But if you naturally change that job from walking to running you’re going to see a ton of improvement because you aren’t hitting one of those stall points.”

Muscle confusion is what interval training is all about. The idea is to keep the body guessing and force muscles to continue working during the workouts. Interval training is usually based around shorter duration workouts.

It’s not the amount of time spent in the gym but training at high intensity and varying exercises every few weeks. That’s what creates the best success, said Davis, who became a personal trainer after oil and gas industry activity slowed in the Grand Junction area.

“I worked as a derrickhand for about four years. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the work because it was physical, but it fell apart really quick in Grand Junction,” Davis said.

Davis found himself gardening in a dusty drill yard in Utah when he realized he needed a change of scenery. “I was hoeing weeds in Utah and thinking ‘we have to go back to work now or I have to change something,’ ” Davis said.

Now, he’s recommending his clients change up their pace.

“It’s all about the intensity you work out with,” Davis said. “I’m there to make sure they are doing the movements correctly, and push them to go a little harder.”

Although some type of exercise is geared more toward one demographic as opposed to another, high-intensity interval training is something anyone can do. Davis said those attending his classes reflect that.

“I’ve trained a 12-year-old kid getting ready for little league football and a 67-year-old woman,” Davis said. “The most important thing is form and technique.”


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