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High-intensity workouts: Trainer’s tips on how to do them safely

High-intensity interval workouts like CrossFit are becoming all the rage. High-intensity interval workouts like CrossFit are becoming all the rage.
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If you're looking for a new workout, a new survey shows more and more people are choosing high-intensity interval training.

According to the survey by the American College of Sports Medicine, these types of workouts will dominate in 2014. This includes workouts like Insanity, P90X and CrossFit. They're all workouts that fitness professionals call "high-intensity interval training." People like them because they're short, but also tough. While trainers say these workouts are generally good, they can also be dangerous.

Laura Meece is a CrossFit Level I trainer at a gym that does high-intensity workouts called Southeast Fitness & Conditioning.

"You can do a short workout and have lots of stuff, we are not just going work on arms today then work on legs today, you're going to work on your whole body every day," Meece said.

High-intensity interval workouts like CrossFit are becoming all the rage.

"People want to do something that's effective," Meece said.

The survey showed these high-intensity workouts top the list of fitness trends for 2014.

Meece said CrossFit works, but, like all exercise, it's safe only when you do it right.

"CrossFit is not dangerous, bad form is dangerous, bad trainers are dangerous, not checking your ego at the door, saying 'I'm going to do whatever it is' and not listening to your body, those are dangerous," Meece said.

Other health professionals say these workouts can cause more orthopedic injuries, especially in older adults. Meece said that's why you have to know your body.

"What we want is for the workout to be hard for you, not everybody does exactly the same thing," Meece said.

Trainers say even if these trending workouts aren't for you, the main thing is to get some type of exercise.

"If we can keep people functional for longer, it works," Meece said.

Meece said the safest way to do high-intensity interval training is to exercise with a trainer. She said fitness professionals can point out bad form and help prevent injuries.

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