WHAT IS HIIT ?

If your main goal when going to the gym is to lose weight, then you should incorporate High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in your exercise schedule. HIIT training is fast becoming a popular way of burning fat, building strength and improving your aerobic and anaerobic endurance. HIIT is considered to be more effective than doing normal cardio because after you’ve finished exercising your body continues to burn fat up to 24 hours compared to steady state exercise.

It’s all about alternating between short bursts of anaerobic exercises and slow recovery periods lasting between 10-15minutes. As you push yourself to the max your body’s demand for oxygen increases and creates an oxygen shortage; when you’ve finished your work out your body is still replenishing that oxygen shortage which burns more fat, this is called Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC).

Examples of HIIT exercises include burpees, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, pushups, jumping rope, kettle bell squats, box jumps, and planks amongst others. Each exercise needs to be done at full throttle for 30 seconds with 10 seconds rest in between to get the full effect.

High Intensity Interval Training is tough as you will be pushing your body as hard as you can but like everything it should be done in moderation. It’s important not to do excessive interval training because it can lead to decreased testosterone levels, weakening of the immune system and could stop hypertrophy of the muscles.

Check out our HIIT work out and try it the next time you go to the gym.