HIIT used to be all the rage. You couldn’t walk into any fitness facility and not see someone performing some sort of HIIT exercise. Well, we are here to declare that HIIT is not dead. It is still alive and well, it just isn’t the next newest thing so the chatter about it has died down a bit. HIIT, in our opinion, is here to stay and won’t be going away anytime soon. Mainly, because of how effective HIIT is and how beneficial it is to your health! And maybe you are asking what the heck HIIT even is! Well, let’s begin there.
What is HIIT?
HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. It is a training technique where you give your all-out, balls to the wall, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes lower active, recovery periods. This type of training gets your heart rate up, keeps it there and burns more fat in less time.
“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, NASM, NSCA, head instructor at The Fhitting Room in New York City. “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.” – HuffPost
Why we love HIIT!
- increases your metabolism
- short and sweet
- can be done anywhere
- no equipment necessary
Still not convinced, why not give this HIIT workout a try and see for yourself. Grab yourself some POW your pre-workout crusher and get to it!
50 alternating leg lunges
50 jumping jacks
50 skater lunges
Repeat all the way through one-two more time(s)!