What exactly is HIIT?
HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. It is one of the most effective ways to achieve optimal fat oxidation. It consists of giving your “all out” effort for a short period of time, followed by a recovery period which I prefer to be active. The main point is to keep your body guessing and not giving it time to adjust. We like shock! Your body will be using up a lot of oxygen through this workout thus burning more calories after you’re done because your body is working harder to regain that oxygen that it lost. This is also referred to as EPOC which stands for excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. Studies like one researched at The University of New Mexico have shown that combing HIIT with steady state training are effective for everyone trying to reach their fitness goals sooner.
How do I track HIIT?
Easiest way to track HIIT is by your breathing. If you can talk, you’re probably not at the zone you should be in. Make sure you’re pushing yourself at an “ALL OUT” effort for the 30 seconds. Personally, I like tracking my workouts with my Polar heart rate strap and the app on my phone which can be easily downloaded. I aim to be at 80-90% of my maximum heart rate for about 30 seconds, and then I take it down to 60-70% for the next 30 seconds or 1 minute. If you’d like to know your maximum heart rate, please connect with me and I’d love to calculate it for you!
Many HIIT benefits include: increased metabolism, easily completed anywhere in a time crunch, and little/no equipment needed!
Now that I’ve given you the gist of HIIT, just right click the image below, print, and get started on your next challenging workout! This workout will incorporate body exercises that can be done by anyone and will work your total body! Let’s kickoff this fall season with the below workout!
Products mentioned above:
- Polar Heart Rate Strap – Click here to get on Amazon
- Polar Beat App – Available on Android and iOS