What is HIIT?
High intensity interval training describes any workout that alternates between bursts of high intensity and fixed periods of low intensity. So an example of this could be running as fast as you possibly can for 1 minute and then jogging for 2 minutes, and then repeat this constantly for about 15- 45 minutes. You can do this on the treadmill, the road, a bike, cross trainer or skipping rope. Doesn’t sound too bad does it? Go for it for a few minutes, then rest. Push yourself for a few minutes, then rest. Really feel the burn for a few minutes, then rest. High Intensity Interval Training, sound scary? Well yes it might but that’s just because of what you’re imagining in your head. Military style ‘go go go, faster faster faster, more more more…!’ There is an element of this but when you actually break down what this style of exercise means, interval training, actually means it’s not high impact 24/7. It means you train in sections, therefore you get to have rests, so what’s there to worry about?
Well, this powerful method of exercise can be a heart pounding, pulse raising, sweat pumping experience, we realise that not everyone loves going to the gym and for some it can be a means to an end just to balance out other life choices, but whatever your reason is for going to the gym, think about all the good HIIT could do for you. HIIT burns… And with that kind of pain, there’s got to be a whole lot of gain! So whilst we all like to think that ‘just turning up’ to the gym counts, and that doing a class a couple of times a week means you’re fit, we guess you could really say it doesn’t always quite work like that?
If you want serious results you do need to really go for it, you need to put the effort in, and you need to work hard. As HIIT really does embrace application and intensity of effort, we think this exercise approach is spot on.
We get that people look for quick fixes and this is perfectly natural. The only problem is these don’t really exist! The good news is that high intensity interval training has been proven to generate great results at a much faster rate than any other exercise methods, so when you look in the mirror and notice the difference, you might just begin to like this ‘HIIT’.
Why should I consider HIIT training?
High Intensity Interval Training encourages fat blasting. Not only do you burn more calories when engaging in HIIT, but you also have what is known as an ‘after burn’. Which means that you continuously burn fat even after you have finishes exercising- bonus. As we say, it has been scientifically proven that by doing a mere 15 minutes of interval training you will have the same results, if not better, than someone who has run for an hour constantly.
It’s perfect for those that have a limited amount of time on their hands but still wish to get in an intense workout. The great thing about HIIT, is that you can do it anywhere. It does not require any equipment, or gym membership, just you and your will power.
Best aspects of HIIT Training?
You will not get bored, some workouts can be so monotonous and boring that you manage to lose interest about ten minutes in. HIIT is both challenging and stimulating, as soon as you get comfortable working at a lower intensity level, then BOOM…it’s back to high intensity.
You will be huffing and puffing, feeling like your lungs and heart may explode out of your chest at any moment but you will most certainly not be bored.
Do you want to lose the weight and get going with increasing your fitness, right now? Then stop asking why and get moving.
Many celebrity trainers chose to use this technique on their clients. We’ll leave you this week with the message that re-training your brain to take on new challenges is part of the trick of getting fit. Yes you need your body to be behind you, but if you are ready in your mindset to take exercise on, and make it work for you, you’ll not only see better results but you’ll enjoy the process a lot more too.
There is always the incentive, just think about how you can reward yourself after a hard, fast workout!