For the past 3/4 months everyone I know or hang out with has been talking about “HIIT training” and like I do with most things that challenge my normal workout schedule – I ignored it.
HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training (for those of you who like me had to Google what the hell HIIT was) in a nut shell is any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest – e.g. a beginners HIIT training would mean running at full speed for a minute and and coming to a complete rest and walking for 2 minutes and repeating the 3 minute process 5 times for a 15 minute workout, make sense?
The benefits of HIIT seem almost too good to be true, so I am going to give it a whirl this week and see how I feel and blog about it, obviously.
Why should YOU try HIIT tho? And why I am considering giving it a try this week:
- Ideal workout for a busy schedule – I read an article that said “you can achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes of interval training (done three times a week) than the girl jogging on the treadmill for an hour” – SIGN ME UP!
- Burn more fat – You will burn more calories during an HIIT workout and the effects of the intense exertion kicks your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive meaning you will burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout than you do after steady paced run – I also like that I can say “My body is in repair hyperdrive which makes me feel like a super hero”
- Happier Heart beats – You know that place where you can’t breath and you feel like your heart may beat out of your chest? That is your anaerobic zone, and most people are not used to pushing into that zone, you should because the results will amaze you and make your heart happy! Just like Clover we love a happy heart!
- You don’t need fancy equipment – You need to focus on getting your heart rate up, with anything plyometric which, to quote Wikipedia is “exerting maximum force in as short a time as possible, with the goal of increasing both speed and power”, adding weights can actually be ineffective because you want to focus on pushing your heart rate to the max, not your biceps – Boet.
- Lose weight, Not muscle – HIIT workouts are more effective in making sure that weight lose comes from those fat stores and not your hard earned muscles
- Increase your metabolism – HIIT stimulates production of your human growth hormone during the 24 hours after you finish your workout which means you are burning more calories and just getting thinner and hotter really
- You can do it anywhere – That sounded dirty 😉 The truth is you do not need to be in a gym, and you can adapt it to whatever time and space constraints you have, it really is a simple concept that can be done anywhere – Maximum effort, Recover, Repeat.
- Be Challenged – If you are doing HIIT training properly you will feel like you are finished after a work out, so say good bye to training with Mary who likes to chat about her relationship issues while jog/walking next to you on the treadmill HIIT workouts are short but you will be working hard throughout the workout and if you are doing it properly you will be exhausted at the end of the 15/20 mins
How are you NOT giving at least HIIT training a try? The benefits seem almost too good to be true, amiright?
So, give it a try and let me know what you think!