What is HIIT?

If you’ve had a workout plan that you’ve been doing to stay in shape for a while, you probably realise that it can take a long time to achieve the results that you’re looking for. In more recent times, science has developed new and innovative techniques to help people reach their fitness goals.

HIIT, or High-Intensity Interval Training, is designed to help you to get fast results. I have taken many HIIT classes with clients, and also partaken in many classes myself, over the years. HIIT is not new or groundbreaking science. However in the last 4 months I have been doing these intensive HIIT classes daily Monday to Friday, along with my devoted followers, and the results have been amazing.

There are many success stories within my group and I myself have also felt the difference that this style of training can have.

I have always been an avid gym goer and trained hard over the years. I have tried just about every type of training over the years.
I have to say though that I currently feel great, look great and probably near the fittest I have ever been….this is all thanks to intensive HIIT workouts.

I want to discuss HIIT. How can it help you? Who is it designed for? What are the positives and negatives?….and any other questions that arise.

How It Can Help You

High intensity interval training isn’t just all about losing weight, because it has a massive range of other benefits as well. One really great thing about HIIT, is that it can help you to improve the functionality of your metabolism, which will make your body more efficient in a variety of ways beyond fat burning. You’ll also improve your heart health, improve insulin resistance, and give you faster gains to help you reach your size and tone goals. Also, the very best things about HIIT, is that a lot of HIIT workouts can be done without any sort of equipment and still produce amazing results, so it’s worth the investment of time to learn about how to do the routines.

How It Works

For this type of training, you should go as hard as you can for the appointed time that is needed. This is usually for a specific amount of repetitions or a predetermined amount of time. The most common way that it is done is with a 2:1 ratio. For example, if you were going to do 20 seconds of jump squats, they would be followed by 15 seconds of rest, and another 20 seconds of exercise and so forth. This activates and builds stamina, as well as an increase in fast twitch muscle fibers. These muscles can help you to burn 16% or more of the fat you have stored in your body.

Who is it designed for?

I would say that it is designed for anyone. Old and young. Fit and Unfit. The great thing about HIIT is that generally you can go at your own pace and also in most circumstances there his always an adaptation to make there move easier or harder depending on your fitness or injuries etc.
A HIIT workout is much like all other training. It can be made easier and harder simply by playing about with the variables such as timing or tempo. Increasing and decreasing work periods and rest periods can completely change a workout from being moderate level to very hard.
No one should be scared of HIIT workouts. They are for everyone.

Positives and Negatives

I would say one of the great things about HIIT is that it can be done in a very short space of time. If you are someone that is busy all day and says that they don’t have time for training then HIIT can be ideal. Even a 4 minute TABATA (I will follow up with a TABATA article soon explaining in detail what this is) style session can be enough to at least get some exercise in. Basically there are no excuses not to do something.
You don’t need any equipment at all. There are endless possibilities of bodyweight exercises and combinations.
The calorie burn rate is very high and due to the high intensity nature of the workout you will continue to burn calories beyond when you have stopped.

The sessions are actually fun. Due to the nature of the short bursts you really do give 100% on each exercise but its short and sharp. It is enjoyable, especially if part of a group of people all with similar mindsets.
Although these are tough the feeling afterwards of accomplishment, and the endorphins rushing through your system, make you feel great. I do love a morning HIIT session because it sets you up for the day ahead and creates a positive aura for you to take away into all other activities and challenges you may face.

In terms of negatives I can’t really think of any. Whats not to love? Short, sharp and rewarding. The health benefits are mega and it can fit into any busy schedule.

In conclusion all I can say is that I love HIIT workouts and the benefits are massive. Incorporating more of these style of workouts into your training will only benefit you and you will not regret it.
The most important thing with HIIT is to work as hard as you can and stick to the timings religiously.