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Peak 8 fitness…..

Four People Exercising on Treadmill at GymExercise…..I have a love hate relationship with it.  I’ve maintained my weight since I was around 16 by doing some sort of cardio for 30 minutes 3x a week.  If I stopped my routine, it didn’t take long for me to gain that 10lbs I had been keeping at bay.  When I had my first baby I continued my routine at home after buying a treadmill.  After I finished breast feeding I quickly gained the dreaded 10lbs even with my 30 minutes of brisk walking 3x a week.  So, I started counting calories.  It worked great and I found that it was a strategy that worked for me.  Once baby number 2 came, two kids were a lot to juggle and finding time for exercise was overwhelming.  More than ever did I need to exercise so I could lose the 45 lbs I gained while pregnant.  Now, 30 minutes doesn’t seem like a huge sacrifice but when you are sleep deprived, have an angry 3 year old defying every word you say, a newborn not napping well and a husband that worked 6 days a week, exercise is just not something I wanted to do.  I was bored with walking on the treadmill and 30 minutes just felt fruitless.

One of my favorite health sites posted an article on Peak 8 fitness.  The idea was that by peaking your heart rate 8 times in a work out with rest in between you would trigger the production of a hormone called HGH which stands for Human Growth Hormone.  This hormone is so beneficial to overall health and youth.  HGH helps to build muscle and raise metabolism.  Dr. Mercola learned this technique from Phil Campbell who has a very successful career in training professional athletes.  Here is what he says about HGH-

Phil explains:

“A new study shows, and this is really exciting, that when you work the fast twitch fiber and work your heart muscle anaerobically, your body releases exercise-induced growth hormones (HGH) that actually mimic taking injections of growth hormones.
… [Y]ou get as much as a 530 percent increase in growth hormone!
… It stays your body for two hours, going after body fat like a heat seeking missile. It’s so powerful that if you were to do the program today and monitor your blood, it will look like you injected growth hormone illegally. That’s why there is no HGH test for Olympic athletes today.”

20 minutes of the Peak 8 routine goes so fast.  It’s actually fun and not boring at all!  I can fit it in during nap time and be done quickly.  I do it 3 days a week and no more.  Dr. Mercola makes it very clear that being an over achiever with this type of exercise can actually be detrimental to your body and your progress.

This is how you do Peak 8-

  1. Warm up for three minutes
  2. Exercise as hard and fast as you can for 30 seconds. You should feel like you couldn’t possibly go on another few seconds
  3. Recover for 90 seconds
  4. Repeat the high intensity exercise and recovery 7 more times

This is what it looks like on a treadmill=
:01-3:00 warm up (about 2.5-3mph)
3-3:30 run (about 5-7mph)
3:30-5 slow walking
5-5:30 run
5:30-7 slow walking
7-7:30 run
7:30-9 slow walking
9-9:30 run
9:30-11 slow walking
11-11:30 run
11:30-13 slow walking
13-13:30 run
13:30-15 slow walking
15-15:30 run
15:30-17 slow walking
17-17:30 run
17:30-20 cool down

If you want to know more, this article is a great read!  and also


  1. Thank you for sharing this, I just joined a gym and I love this info!

  2. Um, so I know this was written some time ago but I just stumbled upon It… So I wanted to ask, do you still exercise like this? Did It work for you?

    Really It seems like much more fun than normal (boooooring!) jogging, so I think I’ll try It anyway 🙂

    Thank you for the info and wow you got a beautifull site! So many beauty recipes and interesting tips, I just favorited you 🙂

    • Alba-I don’t do this anymore only because I am addicted to the elliptical/treadmill/stairstepper in 1 machine at my gym but I’m thinking of doing it again on my non-gym days. It is so good for you and really breaks up the time on a treadmill!! Did you read the article I linked from Dr. Mercola? I trust him on everything and he is one fit man. He swears by it. I don’t lose weight easily unless I really cut down my calories but I could maintain my weight well when I did Peak 8.
      You are so welcome! Thanks so much!!

  3. Yes I read the article linked; it was very interesting and informative, and I already started Peak 8! I just need to see some changes on my figure to lift my mood a little, in a month or so I’ll let you know if it works for me 🙂

    The issue is, I dont lose weight easily either, I just I had been almost a year following a paleo diet for hormonal reasons, but I dropped it some months ago and I just got back the 30 pounds I had lost… so depressing… Well, that will teach me not to mess with my health, no matter how delicious x-mas food and desserts are.

    On a less depressing subject, I wanted to tell you that I just bought my very first bottle of sweet almond oil and lavander essential oil!
    I mixed some of the almond oil and some drops of lavander in a dark glass bottle and keep it beside my bathtub to apply after shower. It smells sooo good and my skin feels so much softer than when I use cream (and it is an eco, expensive, cream…).
    I’ve been reading your posts and believe I’ll be doing a lip balm as my first DIY project, it looks easy and so yummy!
    I’ll let you know how it goes in the correct post, thank you for your answer and your awesome site! 😉

    • Alba-I know what you mean-I want to embrace more of a paleo lifestyle but whoa, did Christmas get me off track this year!! I brought the treadmill back in from the garage to start my Peak 8 again! Nothing like warmer weather to get you panicked!
      I’m so glad you made an oil! It’s so fun and easy and very pure for the skin!!
      Keep me posted on your lip balm-they are easy as well and very rewarding!
      Thanks so much for sharing!

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