What is it?
How can you benefit from it?
Is it for you?
Firstly, let’s go over what HIIT is.
HIIT is basically a form of intense cardiovascular activity. Most people use it to burn fat and lose weight and others use it to stay active.
Many HIIT programs have you giving maximum effort for a given time and then a short rest period, to then repeat the process over again for 10-30 minutes.
Because you’re giving your all (high intensity), you never want to go over 30 minutes, if you could even last that long in the first place.
The time period for maximum effort and the rest period doesn’t really matter just as long as you’re pushing yourself during the max. effort phase.
That’s basically what HIIT is all about…
= Maximum intensity of training for a given time followed by a short rest period to last no more than about 30 minutes, preferably only 15-20 minutes.
So how can YOU benefit from it?
Let’s say I put you on a HIIT routine where I have you running max effort for 1 minute followed by a rest period of 30 seconds only. I have you do this for 15 minutes.
That’s pretty tough!
But it’ll get your heart rate up and an amazing workout in just 15 minutes! If you’re short on time, doing this a maximum of say 3 times a week will yield you amazing results!
That’s the main benefit.
Not to mention the fat burning effects of running with maximum intensity.
It’s an amazing feeling whenever I go out for my HIIT routine.
I’ll run as fast as I can for 1 minute.
During this run I just feel amazing, like I’m flying! The air running through your body. Your whole body and every muscle, working together, the cool air (even on a hot day), everything about giving it all you got just feels great!
Is it for you?
If you’re someone that’s overweight, I’d probably not recommend that you take on a HIIT exercise routine.
First of all, the chances of you being able to handle such high intensity training isn’t that great.
You’d need to lose some weight before being able to handle this type of training/exercise.
But that’s a good thing.
You can do other things that you’re more able to handle and build up from there.
If you a bit of fat (maybe 5-20 pounds or so) but not extremely overweight, then this can be a great way to get rid of that last few pounds of fat that you’re carrying.
If you’re already at the weight that you want to be, this can also be a great way to maintain your figure.
2-3 of these HIIT workouts a week should do the job!
If you’re someone that has a lot of time and would rather spend more time in the gym or more time working out, then this wouldn’t be the technique for you.
I like to mix it up between high intensity interval training and simply walking outside or walking on the treadmill for an hour.
Commit to HIIT (if it’s for you) for just one week and see what happens!