About This Lesson
What is H.I.I.T. (High Intensity Interval Training)?
HIIT consists of a warm up, 20-25 minute HIIT workout and cool down. It is a super efficient workout that is perfect for those with busy schedules.
A number of exercises are performed at a high intensity level for example 45 secs, 15 secs rest, the rest is your recovery there is also 40:20, 50:10 or 30:30. This type of workout burns fat more effectively. There is an increase in resting metabolic rate.
HIIT also significantly lowers insulin resistance and causes skeletal muscle adaptations that result in enhanced skeletal muscle fat oxidation and improved glucose tolerance.
Not only do you burn more calories during HIIT workouts, but the effect of all that intense exertion kicks your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive. That means you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout than you do after, say, a steady-pace run.
Healthier heart – You feel like your heart is about to jump out of your throat – the technical term for this is called the anaerobic zone and if you are working to your maximum during HIIT that’s exactly how you should feel. Working this hard sounds crazy, but it’s actually very beneficial and will keep your ticker running smoothly.
In addition to increased fat burning and more muscle preserved, HIIT stimulates production of your human growth hormone (HGH) by up to 450% during the 24 hours after you finish your workout. Lose fat not muscle where steady-state cardio seems to encourage muscle loss, studies show that both HIIT and weight training preserve muscle.
This is great news since HGH is not only responsible for increased caloric burn but also slows down the aging process, making you younger both inside and out!
There is a new workout/timing/music every week.
No equipment needed. With HIIT you can get a great workout without any equipment. High knees, sprints, burpees or anything plyometric like lunges and jump squats work just as well to get your heart rate pumping fast
HIIT with a towel
I’m a Health, Wellness & Fitness Coach with 17 years experience in the industry specialising in exercise, nutritional advice, health & wellness & weight loss.