Training – HIIT

A.K.A. High Intensity Interval Training

We’ve all heard of it, but how (to us as  regular Jill’s and Jack’s) does it work?

HIIT workouts are short workouts (think half an hour or less!) that include surges of very high intensity, inevitably this results in a fitness boost  and can potentially shrink the waistline.

As an example, I’ll use an exercise I personally detest: exercise cycling.

A mere 2.5 minutes of giving it your all on an exercise bike can burn up to 220 calories!!
Divide those 2.5 minutes into five 30-second intervals, each followed by a few-minute period of light pedaling:
Warmup 3 minutes 20-30%
30 seconds 100%
3 minutes 40-50%
30 seconds 100%
3 minutes 40-50%
30 seconds 100%
3 minutes 40-50%
30 seconds 100%
3 minutes 40-50%
30 seconds 100%
3 minutes 20-30% cooldown

After all is done (less than 21 minutes later) you will have burnt more calories than if you did a full 30 minutes of moderate cycling.
Hint: use your workout playlist to gauge timing.

When it comes to busting ‘fat’ with exercise, HIIT is the best way to lose stubborn belly fat. This is because interval training actually burns more calories per unit of time than a steady pace workout.

Although HIIT involves extremely difficult pushes of 100% effort, these types of workouts tend to be perceived as easier since they’re shorter and come with built-in breaks.

Try throwing in some HIIT sprints on the tread or weight sets to try it out.

N.B. please seek physician advice prior to starting any training regime.

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