You may already be familiar with the High Intensity Interval Training (better known as HIIT), but if you’re new to the term, you may be wondering if it’s right for you. If you are looking for shorter workouts (we’re talking 30 minutes or less) that still give you the calorie burn of a traditional 45-60 minute routine, then HIIT may be right for you.
So what does a HIIT routine look like? A typical routine consists of intense interval sets of exercises with brief breaks in between. The key to successfully mastering HIIT is to make your intervals really count. No slacking or “taking it easy” is allowed! The point is to get your heart rate up to peak BPM quickly for about 60-90 seconds at a time. Since your heart should not be subjected to its maxed BPM for long periods of time, the rests between sets is very important for HIIT participants.
A typical HIIT routine will scorch up to 275 calories in a mere 20 minutes. Plus this type of intense exercise means your body will continue burning calories long after your workout is over (score!) This EPOC or Excess Post Oxygen Consumption is the holy grail of exercise and means that you’ll lose the weight and build the muscle you desire, more efficiently and quickly.
If you’re looking for a quick workout that maximizes your time and energy, then HIIT is a great choice. It’s also a the perfect addition to your normal weekly routine to amp up your current cardio efforts, especially if you’ve hit a plateau!