I get a lot of questions about HIIT. The main one being what is it and how do I apply it to my workout routine? In short, HIIT or high, intense, interval training, is a method of training which burns a lot more calories compared to non interval training. As it is so adaptable to pretty much any exercise, it has become one of the main methods I use in my day to day training for myself and clients.
As well as burning loads of calories whilst you're doing your workout, HIIT actually increases your metabolic rate post workout for up to 24 hours, allowing you to burn calories even when you're finished. Studies have shown it actually burns up to 30% more calories than other forms of exercise making it the perfect tool if you're looking to burn body fat. Also, because HIIT is so adaptable you can also gain a load of muscle whilst using this style of training. Why not try doing HIIT with weighted squat jumps or overhead presses for maximum workout efficiency.
It's simple really!
Pick an exercise then choose a high interval (working time) between 10-40s and a low interval time between 5-20s. There are many combinations you can use however I feel a sweet 25s high and 10s low for 10 sets creates the ultimate template to follow. This may change with the exercise but it is perfect for something like running or an abs exercise.
20S HIGH | 10S OFF | 10 ROUNDS/EXERCISE
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