High Intensity Interval Training – The Craze That Burns Fat
High Intensity Interval Training – The craze that burns fat
With crazes like CrossFit, Bootcamp and other High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) becoming a part of the everyday American life, we took a look at what HIIT is all about. With promises of burning more fat in less time, being more heart healthy, and all without equipment, sounds too good to be true!
What is HIIT really?
High-intensity interval training describes any workout that alternates between high intensity, extreme bursts of activity followed by fixed periods of low-intensity or even rests. This would, for example, be sprinting as fast as possible for two minutes, followed by a 3-minute walk. You would then repeat this for a minimum of 15 minutes, making it a highly effective workout. Some results have shown that 15 minutes of HIIT 3 times a week is more effective than spending an hour jogging on a treadmill.
But why is HIIT so effective?
HIIT is very effective in two areas specifically, for weight loss and heart health. In terms of weight loss, studies have shown that the HIIT workouts stimulate the production of Human Growth hormones, which in turn speed up your metabolism, leading to stimulate weight loss. The high intensity also encourages muscle ‘tearing’ a process that builds muscle, but to do so metabolizes your body’s energy or fat stores. The high intensity is also useful in pushing your heart rate up to what is known as the anaerobic zone, a level of intensity which puts the true result of cardio into effect.
What do I need to execute an effective HIIT workout?
Not much actually! We recommend a stop watch to insure effective lengths of exercise, but more than that, your choice of workout can be as simple as running, jumping, floor work and many others! The trick is to maintain a raised exercise intensity, high knees, fast feet and lots of speed is essential in these workouts! If you want to raise the bar, so to speak, buy yourself a skipping rope and some free weights, using them alongside your usual routines to increase their intensity.
Does this all sound too good to be true?
The truth is it’s not as easy as it sounds. We guarantee the effectiveness of HIIT training, but it can be a very difficult routine to keep up without the right motivation. To keep a flat sprint for 60 seconds is going to be tough! Jump lunges across the length of your garden are pretty exhausting! The crushing sensation your lungs will experience will not be pleasant! The only joy you will find is in the short rest intervals in-between high intensity. Thankfully, you will see results, and you should see them quite quickly!
We recommend you get started right away! But if you need a little extra help, why not have a look at a readily formulated workout plan.