The new (like last year new) workout trend that you need to know about is known as HIIT.
No, this isn’t any kind of martial arts training where you’re actually hitting punching bags or anything like that. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. You’re basically pushing yourself to your absolute max for a short amount of time and then taking a short active recovery period. Think of it this way. Would you rather work hard for an hour straight or kick the intensity up a notch for only a minute or so at a time? Silly question, right? Of course you’d rather take the minute! But your reasoning shouldn’t just be based on the short length of time. There are many benefits to training in this type of way.
Here’s what Eric Salvador (NASM, NSCA, head instructor at The Fhitting Room in New York City) had to say about HIIT training:
“A high-intensity workout increases the body’s need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery,” says Eric Salvador. “This afterburn effect is referred to as Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) and is the reason why intense exercise will help burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic and steady-state workouts.” (Source: Daily Burn)
Use your body to sculpt your body
For all you PiYo people, do I sound like Chalene yet? Her TurboFire program is actually the perfect example of HIIT training. She has you do one minute “marking” the moves and then one minute where you give it your all. See it in action here: TurboFire Explained
Anyway, it’s true. You don’t need weights or any other equipment to reap the benefits of HIIT training. Your whole goal is to get your heart rate up and you don’t need anything but yourself to achieve that!
No longer do you have to spend hours at the gym. HIIT training is based on short bursts of intense exercise. That doesn’t mean you can do a minute on and your active recovery and be done in a total of 2 minutes. You do INTERVALS so you’ll be going back and forth between the high intense power minutes and the periods of “rest”. But by training this way, you are able to cut down your workout sessions and still see incredible results. You’ll notice that a lot of programs out right now use HIIT training because it WORKS and anyone can fit these shorter routines into their schedule, increasing the odds they stick with the program. It’s a win-win all around.
Boosts your metabolism
Now that’s what we like to hear! HIIT training speeds up your metabolic rate and boosts your metabolism for up to 48 hours after your complete the workout. That’s crazy!
I say it all the time but exercise really is all mental. If you have an hour of intense exercise ahead of you, your brain is gonna so no way Jose! And your body will just feel like giving up on you. That’s what I love about HIIT workouts. You ask yourself “Can I make it just one more minute?” and your mind says heck yeah you can! You end up doing much more if you believe you can and that’s the beauty of this type of training.
So, you ready to give HIIT training a try? COMMENT below, and I’ll help you find the perfect program based on your goals and experience.