What The Hell Is Functional Interval Training?

Alex Thompson
May 9, 2017 · 4 min read

So, you’re curious about what the hell I’m up to. Here’s the short version. Function Interval Training, or FIT, is my way of getting back into shape after two years of Dad Life. What this involves is you, the viewer, pushing a bunch of buttons and making me do a bunch of reps every so often. This way I can incorporate two of the things I love; streaming and getting a sweat.

That, however, is not the whole story.

If you are content with just watching me play games and making me suffer that is totally cool and more than welcome. The idea behind FIT, however, is to potentially spark a bit of fitness into all of our lives, be it one rep here and there or a full on lifestyle change. As they say, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, and why not have that step while enjoying a stream at your computer/cell phone/TV/carrier pigeon?

Before we get to that though, some important legal stuff that I have to write. Sorry.

BY PARTICIPATING IN FUNCTIONAL INTERVAL TRAINING, YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THE TERMS OUTLINED AS FOLLOWS. YOU RECOGNIZE THAT FUNCTIONAL INTERVAL TRAINING MAY INVOLVE STRENUOUS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, MUSCLE STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE TRAINING, CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING AND TRAINING, AND OTHER VARIOUS FITNESS ACTIVITIES. YOU HEREBY AFFIRM THAT YOU ARE COMPLETELY AWARE OF YOUR PHYSICAL CONDITION AND ANY KNOWN DISABILITIES AND WILL TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT ANY INJURY OR HARM TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOUR PARTICIPATION IS PURELY VOLUNTARY AND IN NO WAY MANDATED BY 80P GAMING LTD. OR ITS AGENTS. IN CONSIDERATION OF YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM YOU HEREBY RELEASE 80P GAMING LTD. AND ITS AGENTS FROM ANY CLAIMS, DEMANDS, AND CAUSES OF ACTION AS A RESULT OF YOUR VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION AND ENROLLMENT. YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MAY INJURE YOURSELF AS A RESULT OF YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM AND YOU RELEASE 80P GAMING AND ITS AGENTS FROM ANY LIABILITY NOW OR IN THE FUTURE FOR CONDITIONS THAT YOU MAY OBTAIN. THESE CONDITIONS MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, HEART ATTACKS, MUSCLE STRAINS, MUSCLE PULLS, MUSCLE TEARS, BROKEN BONES, SHIN SPLINTS, HEAT PROSTRATION, INJURIES TO KNEES, INJURIES TO BACK, INJURIES TO FOOT, OR ANY OTHER ILLNESS OR SORENESS THAT YOU MAY INCUR, INCLUDING DEATH.

Wasn’t that fun. Yay legal crap.

One last thing before we get into the fun stuff:

  • I am not a trained fitness instructor. I have no formal education in kinesiology nor have I gone through any other training.
  • This program is a beta. Workouts, intervals and other aspects may be changed at any time if we, as a community, deem that they suck.

The Plan

The FIT workout will consist of a number of push-ups, sit-ups and squats. Provided that you have a small amount of space in your room, anybody should be able to perform a variation of one of these movements. These will be performed after a set time interval from the previous workout set. Every repetition will be controlled by the audience, both adding and removing said reps. If you’re working out, know that you are part of that audience and you can control that number too.

Know Your Limits

This is super important and I want to take a moment to go over self-awareness before we go too deep. In short, I have no idea what level of fitness you are at, any physical issues you may have, and I can not tell if you’re doing something wrong or if you are going too hard. As a result, I need you to listen to your body. If it hurts, stop. If it feels weird, stop. If it’s too much, stop.

Changing Difficulty

If you’re like me and you’re working out for the first time in a long time(or ever), you may not be able to do a full movement. This is totally fine. In fitness, we have a method called Scaling. This means that you do a slightly different movement in order to make it easier or harder as appropriate to your skill level. Do not feel bad if you can not do a full movement; it is totally acceptable to scale down if you are a beginner. Choose a movement that will not overexert yourself. Another way to scale your workout would be to change the number of reps to do; cutting the amount of reps in half is a quick and simple way to make things a touch easier.

Alternatively, if you want to challenge yourself, you can always make things harder by scaling your movements to something more difficult or do more reps.

I will go into further depth into scaling and movement standards in another article.

Consent and You

The community I want to run is still focused on gaming and having fun. That said, not everybody will want to work out, talk about fitness nor want to have any part in the health portion of the stream. I don’t want to push away those people and I don’t want to make people feel like they need to take part in the workouts. FIT is purely opt-in, including all discussion. As such, if you are going to take part in the workouts, do not pressure anybody to start. This includes talking about the workouts in the main chat.

Now, naturally there will be some discussion regarding the workouts to some degree in the main chat. That’s fine; it’s bound to happen. That said, I don’t want the topic to remain on the workouts nor do I want the topic to come back to the workouts. Since this is all opt-in, I have set up a Gamewisp account that will allow you to have access to channels in our Discord channel specifically designed for fitness discussion, meal ideas, progress reports and the like.

Summary

So, that’s pretty much it. If you want to work out, sweet; do it safely and have fun. If not, press the buttons a bunch of times and make the rest of us sweat. I want this to be a fun experience for all of us.

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Alex Thompson
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