I’m sure by now everyone has heard of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).
It is one of the growing fitness trends which people are jumping in on (literally) and managing to get great results.
But what is HIIT and will it get me fit?
I thought I’d explain exactly what it is and guide those who are a bit scared or worried that it is only for the hardcore gym goers who never sweat even after spending 2 hours on the treadmill.
What is HIIT?
HIIT is an alternative to typical ways of training, offering an intense workout session in a much shorter amount of time than your usual workout.
The format of each workout consists of short but intense bursts of exercise followed by short rest intervals.
It involves putting your all into each of the short active periods, which will raise your heart rate substantially.
But that isn’t anything to be afraid of. Our hearts need to be pushed sometimes so they can grow stronger, just like any other muscle in the body.
Why is it so popular?
One of the reasons it is so popular is because of what I said above…
…it gets your heart rate up high.
This may feel like hard work but you’ll be burning a lot of calories, and so helping reduce fat, in a much shorter time than a traditional workout.
It has also been proven to increase your metabolism for up to 48 hours afterwards.
That means you could be burning more calories than normal for up to 2 days after one HIIT session.
A half hour workout which burns more calories, during and after, than a typical hour in the gym.
Plus, it is much more focused and to the point…
Quick and Convenient
With HIIT sessions not really running over 30 minutes, these workouts are quick.
When you have No time to workout, HIIT is the perfect alternative.
That means you don’t need to have a huge gap in your day to –
- travel to the gym
- work out for an hour
- and travel home again
Instead, you can clear a space in your living room, work hard and be done in less than half an hour.
Because that’s the other thing about HIIT workouts, you need absolutely no equipment.
No weights, cluttering up your house, no gym membership to pay for and no made up ‘shake the fat away’ contraptions (which don’t work).
So is HIIT all good?
Like anything, HIIT isn’t perfect.
It depends on what you enjoy doing.
If working up a sweat isn’t your ideal way to exercise then it may not be for you.
But don’t be put off if you don’t think you are fit enough.
HIIT workouts should accommodate for all fitness levels and allow you to work at your maximum.
HIIT Classes in East Ardsley
If you are interested in joining a HIIT class I am running one every Thursday in the village.
It’s a half an hour class and all ages and fitness levels are welcome.
Local Exercise Classes are a great way to start improving your fitness.
You don’t have to be an experienced gym goer to join us.
Everyone can work at their own pace, there is no pressure.
Sign up here and get your first class FREE: >>HIIT CLASSES IN EAST ARDSLEY<<
Don’t think HIIT is for you?