Are you ready to ramp up your workout and take your fitness to the next level? If yes, you might be asking, “Is HIIT for me?”.
HIIT stands for (High Intensity Interval Training). It’s a form of exercise alternating between a high, intense, quick burst of anaerobic exercise and a less intense exercise during recovery.
HIIT is great for cardiovascular exercise. The key to HIIT is a short burst of FULL OUT activity with a recovery period. HIIT protocols can last anywhere between 4-30 minutes.
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When doing high intensity, you are pushing yourself well out of your comfort zone. You should be UNCOMFORTABLE.
HIIT is best known for time efficiency and fat loss results. Some other improvements are:
- Aerobic and anaerobic fitness
- Blood pressure
- Cardiovascular health
- Insulin sensitivity
- Cholesterol profiles
- Abdominal fat and body weight while maintaining lean muscle mass
Is HIIT for me?
HIIT is excellent to diversity your intentional movement, your fitness. It’s best for intermediate and advance levels. However, you can do this as a beginner. You must understand that FORM and FUNCTION trumps intensity. Safety first!
Recommend: Start with a bike, treadmill, backyard sprints, walking, elliptical or running/jogging.
There are different protocols.
- Tabata – 20 seconds work, 10 second rest (repeat 8x)
- Beginners – 30 second work, 60 second rest (repeat 2-8x)
- Intermediate – 30 second work, 15 second rest (repeat 8x)
- Advance – 40 second work, 20 second rest (repeat 8x)
- Gibala – 2 minute warm-up, 20 second work, 2 minute rest (3x), 3 minute cool down
The K.I.S.S. ~ Add in some HIIT to spice up your fitness routine!
NOTE: There can be Tabata-inspired workouts. However, not all tabatas are HIIT.
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