Why High Intensity Interval Training is Good for You
We've revealed our latest challenge in a new video! One month of High Intensity Interval Training is on deck to see how we can change our bodies by incorporating more high intensity work in addition to the lifting and cardio we already do.
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What is High Intensity Interval Training?
If you've been working out, you've likely heard of High Intensity Interval Training described as HIIT. HIIT is essentially exactly what it sounds like: high intensity intervals. These intervals are followed by a rest period (either active rest, i.e. doing something less intense or a pure rest, i.e. waiting). HIIT is really great for fat loss, but also endurance and cardiovascular health.
HIIT training is also more fun (in our opinion) than traditional cardio. The time goes by fast and you can mix up your training by doing different exercises, interval times, speeds, etc. There really is no limit when it comes to the amount of things you can do in a HIIT workout.
HIIT also burns more calories through the process of Excess Post Oxygen Consumption, more commonly and easily known as EPOC. After a HIIT workout, your body is begging for oxygen which causes the body to burn more calories in order to satisfy the bodies needs.
HIIT burns more calories in a shorter amount of time. That's a win in our book! You do not need to spend hours on end working to get the body you want!
How to Perform HIIT
There are many ways to do HIIT training but the key is short intense working intervals followed by less intense recovery periods.
We often follow a 1:1 or 1:2 protocol when it comes to deciding on time (so, 1 minute work/1 minute rest or 1 minute work/2 minutes rest, for example).
During the working intervals, you should be working around 80-90% of your capacity- or an 8 or 9 on a scale of 1-10. You should be breathless and feel the need to stop quickly.
You don't need any equipment to perform HIIT training-bodyweight can do the trick just fine!
We enjoy sprinting, jumping, squats/lunges/pushups, and other bodyweight exercises for our training.
Mix up your workouts by changing the time of intervals, amount of intervals or the exercises. This creates a nice variety which keeps it fun and interesting.
Lucky for you, we've also created a HIIT Challenge Workout Guide which you can download here.Enter the password FREE to download that (+ our other guides). This guide has 6 of our workouts to try and incorporate into your training.