The Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a method of training used to increase endurance and burn body fat while building muscle. The purpose of HIIT is to work near maximal effort for short spurts and then recover before performing the next burst of intense effort. The great thing about the HIIT approach is that you get more done in a short period of time.  By increasing your heart rate and shortening it again but keeping your heart rate up for a prolonged period of time you burn far more calories than you would though steady cardiovascular exercise. Another major benefit to HIIT is what’s known as EPOC (excess-post exercise oxygen consumption) or the “after burn effect.” In this phase, you boost your metabolism and burn more calories for up to 24 hours after interval training.  Here is an example of a HIIT workout:

 

20 Minute HIIT Workout:

50 Sec Jumping Jacks/10 Sec rest

50 Sec Plank Jacks/10 Sec Rest

50 Sec Pushups/10 Sec Rest

50 Sec Jump Squats/10 Sec Rest

50 Sec High Knees/10 Sec Rest

50 Sec Butt Kicks/10 Sec Rest

50 Sec Jump Lunges/10 Sec Rest

50 Sec Mountain Climbers/10 Sec Rest

50 Sec Plank (left side)/10 Sec Rest

50 Sec Plank (right side)/10 Sec Rest

**Rest for 1 minute then repeat for a second time**

Performing HIIT 2-3 times a week is a great way to switch things up from your normal workout routine and achieve optimal results!

In the video clip below, my client is performing more HIIT workouts you can also incorporate into your workout!

 

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