What is HIIT?
It’s a type of training where you give 100 percent effort in a short period of time, followed by a short recovery period. It could be intense for 1 minute, 50 seconds with a 10-second break or 30 seconds of hard work followed by a 30-second break.
The HIIT workout shouldn’t last longer than 15 to 20 minutes. If you have energy when you’re done, you’re not working hard enough.
I do HIIT three times a week, instructing classes at 3-1-5 Health Club. The warm-up alone about kills you. We often do high-knees, sprints and mountain climbers. (To do a mountain climber, you get into a push-up position and alternate bringing your knees toward your chest.)
Then the core of the workout begins. It’s different every time, which I like. It varies a mix of sprints, strength training and body weight exercises, such as push-ups and squats. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and has the potential to burn more fat in less time.
HIIT helps you perform better, no matter what you’re doing. When your mind realizes how much your body can do in these short bursts, you may have a better chance of transferring that mindset into other areas of fitness.
During my first session, I did push-ups, sit-ups, squat jumps, mountain climbers, alternating jump lunges and body-builders – an exercise that involves doing a jumping jack, moving to the floor and doing a push-up. I tried to do as many reps as I could in one minute for each exercise.
With HIIT there’s another added benefit to this type of workout: A quick burst of exercise helps the body burn calories over a longer period of time after the exercise has stopped.
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Written by: Stella Dixon – Instructor at 3-1-5