HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (HIIT)
Are you tired of doing the same boring, dragged out cardio workout routine. Is it taking forever for you to lose the extra weight you’ve had as a goal for months, or just looking to try something new? Perhaps HIIT training will work for you.
As a personal trainer Kelowna, I highly recommend this type of training as I too, implement HIIT in my personal workout programs.
What exactly is HIIT?
High intensity interval training is a training technique that requires you to alternate between giving 100% max effort in a quick and explosive exercise followed by rest period in a specific amount of time.
Example: Sprinting for 30sec then Walking for 30-60sec
What makes it so GREAT?
This type of training allows continuous increase of the heart rate followed by a major boost in metabolism causing the body to burn fat faster and for a longer period of time (up to 24hrs). HIIT is not only very effective but also super-efficient, with most workouts ranging from 15-30 min. These shorter work periods help with the fitness productivity for those who have a busy schedule and do not have much time to spare in the gym.
HIIT training can be done anywhere, anytime and with just about anything. If at home or outside, you can have a successful and effective HIIT training using your own body-weight.
Ex. Squats ,Jumping Jacks , Lunges ,Push-ups ,Sit-ups ,Burpees
While in a gym facility using a Treadmill, Elliptical, Bike, Row Machine, StairMaster, Weights (to add a strength building component) or any other equipment available to you are ways you can aim to maximize your HIIT training.
If you are a beginner to the fitness world and ponder whether you have the ability to try HIIT training, you are in luck as HIIT works for all fitness levels. As a beginner you may want to start with more simple body-weight exercises and working at your max effort for a shorter period of time. Here is a 20 min Beginner HIIT workout for those wanting to try.
3 Rounds| 30sec Max Effort | 15sec Rest