The decision to embark on a weight loss journey can be intimidating, exciting, and totally overwhelming all at the same time. There are so many different factors to weight loss that you have to assess: nutrition, what days you can work out, what types of workouts you can do, what works best for your body… and the list goes on. One thing that just about everyone can agree on though is that HIIT training gets great results.
WHAT IT IS
HIIT is an acronym for High Intensity Interval Training. Basically it means combining short bursts of fast and intense intervals with longer, slower, easier intervals. Usually it is performed with a 2:1 ratio with the slower period being twice as long as the harder periods.
WHY IT WORKS
Because other forms of steady-state cardio generally focus on the length of time of the workout, your body eventually begins to adapt to the exercise and that is when you begin to plateau. By using a combination of fast, intense intervals with longer, easier ones you constantly keep your body guessing, which prevents the dreaded plateau.
WHERE TO DO IT
One of the great things about HIIT training is how versatile it is. It can be done with any form of cardio at the gym: whether you’re at the gym using the treadmill, the stationary bike, or the elliptical, and it can be done with any form of cardio outside: swimming laps in the pool or running and biking on trails. All you need to do is alternate how hard you’re working.
WHO CAN DO IT
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a hardcore athlete or just looking to get in better shape – more and more people are incorporating HIIT training to their workout regimes. Athletes have started using HIIT training to increase their speed and those looking to get in better shape have begun using it to beat the weight loss plateau.
For one, you are able to accomplish more in less time. HIIT training is usually only 20 minutes long, so you don’t have to spend as much time performing your workouts. Also, because you’re constantly kicking up the intensity it allows you to burn more calories for a longer period of time after you’ve finished your workout session.
Because there’s no set way to do it, you can tailor the exercise to your fitness level. You can always keep your workouts new by switching up the types of cardio equipment you’re using, varying the lengths and times of your workouts, and adding in resistance or making your high-intensity bursts faster. With all of the benefits associated with HIIT training, there’s no reason not to give it a try.