Why HIIT Workouts Rock!
What is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)?
High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, a top fitness trend in the past several years, is a training technique where one does quick, intense bursts of exercise followed by short recovery periods. This training is popular because it keeps the heart rate up and increases the body’s need for oxygen, leading to the after-burn effect which burns more fat and calories. YASSS!
What are the benefits of High Intensity Interval Training?
The main benefit of HIIT exercises is that these intense exercises burn more fat and calories, compared to other aerobic, steady workouts. This is because it induces the “after-burn effect,” also known as the Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC), which occurs when there is an oxygen shortage in the body. This effect then causes the body to ask for more oxygen during the recovery period.
If you’re worried that your hard-earned muscle mass will drop along with the fat because of these workouts, don’t stress! Although state cardio encourages muscle loss, HIIT workouts let dieters retain their muscles, while making sure the weight loss comes from the body’s stores of fat. Another YASSS!
Another benefit of HIIT exercises is that these increase your metabolism. After completing a HIIT routine, your body experiences a metabolism boost that can last for up to 48 hours after the exercise. This means that even after you leave the gym, your body will still be burning fat!
In addition to increasing metabolism, HIIT exercises also boost the production of the human growth hormone (HGH) by up to 450%! This hormone is responsible for increasing the caloric burn, which in turn slows down the aging process. HIIT exercises not only make you look good, they also make you FEEL good inside and out!
Also, the exertion caused by exercising strenuously will kick your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive! It will even help you build a healthier heart, as proven by a 2006 study where participants, after 8 weeks of HIIT workouts, were able to bicycle twice the distance they were able to before the study.
The best thing about HIIT exercises is that they’re convenient. You can do them anywhere and anytime! As a matter of fact, you don’t need any sort of equipment. All you have to do is make sure you give it your 100% during exercise. This sort of exercise is a challenge to even seasoned exercisers, but the trade-off is that you’ll be able to quickly see the results of your hard work.
What are some High Intensity Interval Training exercises?
The first thing to remember about HIIT exercises is that you have to give it your all. This means pushing your body to the anaerobic zone (where you feel as if you can’t breathe and your heart is jumping out your chest) and stopping only for 30 seconds of rest after each routine. A good routine to get you started is this: 50 sit-ups, 40 jump squats, 30 push-ups, 20 split jumps or jumping lunges, 10 tricep dips, and 30-second burpees. My personal favorite, and more specifically, the exact plan that helped me lose 35 pounds in a matter of months is called TurboFire! It rocks! If you’d like to learn about a special deal I can offer you on that full program, fill out my form below. 🙂