HIIT training has been buzzing around the fitness industry for a while, and rightfully so! It’s one of the most effective ways to workout, speed up results and condition your heart, in a short amount of time. HIIT is an acronym for high-intensity interval training. In brief, this means that you’re working at a max level for a short interval and working at a moderate level for a longer interval. You repeat these rolling intervals for a set amount of time using weights, working on a cardio machine or for plyometric (jumping) drills. It can be used for any kind of functional training.
One of the reasons I love coaching HIIT is because it works the heart. We often forget that the heart is a muscle and it needs to be worked just like the rest of our muscles. The stronger your heart gets, the better long-term health you’ll have. The payoff is improved cardiovascular fitness. “Aerobic or cardiovascular training is designed to develop a healthier heart and circulatory system,” says Howard Knuttgen, a research associate in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine. “Some regimen of aerobic training is really essential to good health.”
Another great thing about HIIT training is it can be modified to any fitness level. If you’re a beginner you can lengthen the station time so you have more time to work and recover. If you’re an intermediate, you can choose to use lighter weights or slowly start incorporating heavier weights into your strength stations. If you’re advanced, you can customize the high-intensity intervals so you’re maxing out every round, pushing yourself further and further each session. You can add weights, subtract weights, pick low impact cardio stations, keep it all bodyweight or take it to the machines and most importantly, you’re able to take your workout anywhere.
In a survey I conducted with my Online Studio members last year, I asked what type of workout they would like to see on the class calendar. I offered yoga, Pilates, strength training, HIIT, meditation + stretching. Can you guess what everybody picked? HIIT + strength! This comes to no surprise. Most of us love to FEEL ourselves working hard so we can register that we’ve gotten in a good workout. HIIT workouts do this for us. As a coach, I can keep the variety alive and offer progressions and regressions for each exercise making the workout doable for every member, despite their fitness level. The survey results confirmed that HIIT and strength training will continue to be a major focus of our membership offerings.
Overall, HIIT is a great workout option that should be a part of your weekly routine. I’m always pushing the take-your-workout-anywhere concept because it helps to create the convenience + accountability we’re all looking for when it comes to working out. We want to be healthy, we want our workouts to be fun, different and challenging, and we want all of that to come with little maneuvering. With its numerous health benefits, ability to be easily customized and appeal to my current subscribers, HIIT training answers all of that and more. As we continue to grow, you’ll see more of this theme woven throughout our membership offerings. See you at your next workout!
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