Some advantages of High Intensity Interval training (HIIT) that you may or may not have known:
IT STRENGTHENS A MAJOR MUSCLE
When you turn up the intensity on your workout, as HIIT does, you’re making your heart work harder and since this muscle becomes stronger after putting it through tough training, this workout is very beneficial for your heart health.
IT IS THE FITNESS EQUIVALENT OF BOGOF
Where else can you squeeze a solid strength-training session and a sweaty cardio session into a quick routine?
With HIIT, you are pushing yourself as hard as you can, to accomplish as many reps as possible. You get the benefit of Cardio training as well as building those all import muscles to help you get stronger and look leaner.
YOU CAN TAILOR YOUR TRAINING TO YOUR FITNESS LEVEL
You don’t have go flat out for a full minute or even 30 seconds, there are always options available to you that can accommodate your fitness level. Going flat out for the full 30 secs, one min or 2 minutes is something to aim for. Doing 3 extra tuck jumps than you did last time can be more motivating than you think! Count your moves, always push yourself to the max and results will come!
IT DOESN’T REQUIRE A GYM
All of the moves can be performed at home! If you can’t make it to class then draw up a plan to do some of the moves by yourself, set a timer on your phone. Gymboss is a great little interval timer that is a free app for most smart phones. How about
30 seconds of Burpees,
30 seconds of Star jumps,
30 seconds of side lunges,
30 sec tucks jumps (use options as you would in class.)
Repeat 6 times with 30 seconds rest in between, TA-DA.
Home, sweaty workout, it’s better than doing nothing, right?!
IT CRANKS UP YOUR METABOLISM
When you do an endurance exercise, like going on a long run, your body uses less oxygen than when you push yourself to the max, over short periods, as you do during HIIT, And when you work out to the point where it’s difficult to breathe (because your body is using more oxygen), your metabolism starts working at a higher level, which helps you burn more calories during your workout and after you exercise. This effect known as the “afterburn” or EPOC (Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, if you wanna sound fancy! J ). Which is:
IT BURNS MORE FAT IN LESS TIME
When your workout goes back and forth between high- and low-intensity activities, it improves your anaerobic and aerobic fitness, which helps you burn more fat in less time than longer endurance training.
INSANITY employs a ‘next stage up’, approach. They turn the conventional idea of Interval training on its head :
“You work flat out in 3 to 5-minute blocks, and take breaks only long enough to gulp some air and get right back to work. It’s called Max Interval Training, because it keeps your body working at maximum capacity through your entire workout. You keep pushing your limits – so your body has to adapt.”