My New Workout – Peak 8 Fitness

My New Workout – Peak 8 Fitness

Yesterday morning I started a new exercise routine with my sister. I spent a lot of time hiking while I was traveling so got out of the habit of my usual running or skating routine. And since I’ve been back I haven’t picked up on my running again and hiking is not an option because there are no decent hikes around here. But I’ve always wanted to start Peak 8 fitness so I took up the opportunity of my recent laziness as a fresh start to a brand new exercise routine.

What is Peak 8?

I first heard about Peak 8 fitness from Dr Mercola but had already experimented with it a little in the beginning weeks of the Couch To 5k running program. Dr Mercola makes a very good point in his articles and videos about Peak 8. He references the body structure of a marathon runner or cyclist and questions if that’s the body shape you’re really aspiring to. It’s obvious when we look at these extreme athletes that endurance training is not building a strong body structure at all, instead it’s building a body that’s extremely lean, devoid of all fat and without a lot of muscle. I love a few bumps and curves on bodies. I love it so much that I wish I had a few more!!!

The basic concept of Peak 8 is to quickly raise your heart rate 8 times for very short bursts, with a cooling down period in between. Ideally you’ll be sprinting or cycling full throttle for 20-30 seconds with a 90 second cool down in between each outburst.

This is the fastest way to lose fat and build muscle in the body. Peak 8 actually stimulates the growth hormone in the body. I encourage you to visit Dr Mercola’s site to learn more about Peak 8 fitness because I personally feel that it is one of the best ways to exercise, especially considering the speed at which you can lose fat and build muscle.

I highly recommend you read this article and watch the videos on the page. It will give you all the information you need to know about Peak 8 – Flood Your Body With This “Youth Hormone” In Just 20 Minutes

What you eat after Peak 8 training does matter

It’s recommended that you do not eat sugar or carbohydrate for 2 hours after the Peak 8 exercise because these foods can impact the release of the growth hormone in the body. I feel that this information is vital to the training so I recommend you read the section on diet in Mercola’s article linked above.

My experience with Peak 8 so far

In comparison to the running I’ve done in the past I found Peak 8 to be really fun. I went out with my sister who is currently at a lower fitness level than me. So to cater for her at a very beginner fitness level, we ran just 7 sets of 15 seconds on full throttle sprinting, with a 90 second cool down walk in between each set. I felt good after, not pushed just good. My sister felt great too but just on the edge of what she could handle at this stage. She also woke up the next day with sore muscles everywhere whereas I didn’t have any sore muscles.

We also took her dog Ollie which was fun because he loved the sprints through the park too. But next time we’ll sprint near a dog park and keep him in the enclosure because it was a little tricky sprinting full ball with a dog attached on a lead to our hand!!!

Our aim is to get up to at least 8 sets of 20 seconds of sprinting. I feel confident that this will be achievable relatively quickly if we practice regularly. We’ve organized to train together for 3 mornings a week which I feel is the absolute minimum that you want to be doing to increase your fitness level. Ideally I’d love to go a bit more than that so I’ll see if I can drag myself out of bed early enough for some more mornings of Peak 8 fitness goodness.

8 comments… add one

  • Daryl

    I havent specifically done Peak 8. I have however been doing the Tabata method. I will likely alternate between the 2 approaches 3 times a week following a muscle specific programme. However I have been training for a long period of time. ~92kgs @ ~10% BF

    I tend to do my cardio aspect on a stepper @ a setting of 25 (max). I tend to have a heart rate of about 175-180bpm. I find this is alot harder on the heart rate than sprinting.

  • barry

    some time after doing my usual, daily, car-less bike (recumbent) short-commuting in peak8-type sprints between lights, etc, i finally saw the flab in the center of the belly go away; when i added some chocolate, then i soon had washboard abs

  • Sarah

    What exactly do you mean by not eating sugar after? I always have. Green smoothie after I exercise with fruit in it. Is “fruit sugar” ok after doing peak 8?

  • Marc

    If you listen to Dr. Mercola’s videos, he recommends 10 seconds sprints if you are running and 30 seconds if you are biking. I believe I saw this on his video or maybe read it on his website.

  • David

    I read Dr Mercola’s article and it said 1 or 2 times a week. 3 sounds better. Everyday sounds even better,but I guess I will listen to the pro’s. I do peak 8 with a punching bag, because my back goes out sometimes, so I better not sprint. Punching the back for 30 seconds really gets the heart pumping. I am 61 years old.

  • pieter

    Great response Dave, thanks! I am on it since of today. This is going to be my thing! Exciting.

  • Dave G

    Great to run across your column. I’ve been into the Peak 8 program for about three weeks now, and I’m seeing outstanding changes. I’ve lost about 10 pounds to this date- already a third of the way toward my goal.

    I’ve always believed in the “shock” routine as the best method for quick weight loss and a method of great fitness in a shorter amount of time. This plan falls right into that method.

    With that in mind, you forgot to mention one of the important aspects of this routine- it is suggested that you perform it no more than 3 times a week, and always allow a day of rest after a workout day. I believe this is just as important as the workout day, as it prevents your body from a state of “equilibrium”.

    Not only does this 3-day-a-week routine provide excellent results in a short time, it’s easy for anyone to fit into the most hectic schedule.

    In addition to the Peak 8, I also do 5 x 12 hand-held barbells at 40 pounds each, and end it with 3 x 10 dead lifts at around 180-200 pounds. I am thoroughly whipped after this total routine, and it takes me under an hour to complete.

    BTW, I’m 52 years old, and I’m feeling 20 years younger already.

  • vivienne

    Peak 8 fitness sounds fun. I started to jog every morning and it’s been great for my body but my very Kapha mind has not been so happy with this exercise. I’m super bored and I just don’t get the refreshing feeling after I finished jogging. So I wanted some excitement to make my mind happy as well. I will try Peak 8 fitness. Thanks for the info!

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