HIIT training has become one of the popular styles of training in the past couple of years and here's why.
HIIT is an abbreviation for High Intensity Interval Training. Basically what that means is training really hard and fast in different time brackets with generally a short rest period. HIIT workouts are predominantly cardiovascular exercise movements to spike your heart rate during the workout interval. A lot of the time this is followed by a small recovery to keep your heart rate relatively high throughout the entire workout.
HIIT workouts are a great way to burn though calories and are very common for people that want to lose weight and work on there fitness. I commonly recommend HIIT workouts to clients and anyone seeking advice for there training plan. HIIT workouts compliments Functional and Strength based training to create a well rounded workout week.
Rather then doing a normal cardio session i.e running on a treadmill or sitting on a rowing machine for an hour, which I see many people do on a daily basis. Try Implementing a HIIT workout as a substitute from time to time. This can make a cardio day so to speak seem a little more interesting.
Theres nothing wrong with going for a run on a treadmill for your cardio day, but if you are seeking something a little more challenging, different, fun or even want to improve your cardiovascular fitness give a HIIT workout a go.
*disclosure: the above is general guide, opinion and recommendation only – it is advisable to seek out further information from a GP or physician if you have any medical/health conditions or concerns.
By Nicholas Katsidis.