Ever heard of HIIT training?
It stands for High Intensity Interval Training and from what I have read it’s the best type of workout to burn the most fat. Sweet, count me in!
In HIIT training you repeat moves quickly in less time than you would perform a normal workout. There are various types of HIIT where you could do 30 or 60 seconds or if you are advanced go for the Tabata HIIT method which is the most intense and shortest interval training of all. It’s 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off.
So basically for me, I would go all out for 30 seconds and then rest for about 30-60 seconds (or more if you need to). I think for the beginner, repeating it 3 times is good if you can make it that long. Some people repeat the workout sequence 5-10 times but that’s a bit extreme for me right now since I am just starting out. I’m thinking 2-3 days a week would be good for the beginner. These numbers might change once I start to experience this training method more so I’ll be sure to check in and let you know how it’s going.
Make sure you have an interval timer for these workouts. I was using the Gymboss iPhone app but now I have an actual Gymboss interval timer to try out. And don’t forget your heart rate monitor so you can tell me exactly how many calories you burned! With this type of training you are burning calories hours later like with most workouts but with this you obviously burn more for a longer amount of time! Sounds good to me.
I do want to remind you to go with your gut and only do what you feel comfortable doing. This is like anything else, if you take it too far, you could injure yourself. Be careful!
You want to get fit fast? Do HIIT training.
Some of my FitFluential peeps have shared their videos, radio episodes and tips on HIIT training. Go check them out!
Training With Jess HIIT training video
Jess also has some HIIT training workouts on her blog.
And we have Janetha’s go to 20 minute HIIT workout.
Clare at Fitting It All In has a few awesome HIIT training workouts as well.
Check out Tina’s interval workout gold mine. Some HIIT workouts are mixed in too.
Carissa and Kyle, husband & wife team & personal trainers from Fit2Flex share more about high intensity interval training and the EPOC benefits of it.
Here are two radio episodes:
Metabolic training (a type of HIIT) and Fast Track to Lower Fat with HIIT
And lastly, from Bex, check out this series of tabata for beginners called You have 4 minutes! Bex is amazing…you must get to know her.
From the amount of links above, I think we are pretty much set to get our HIIT training ON! I’m so thankful to be a part of FitFluential with all these awesome fitness lovers. Becoming a FitFluential ambassador has really given me the opportunity to connect with such awesome, supportive and strong women and men. They inspire me every day!
Along with National Nutrition month in March (yes that is tomorrow!), I am going to focus on some HIIT training workouts a few times a week. I need to do something to get things moving in the right direction again if you know what I mean *wink*
Do you do any HIIT training?
Perfect timing, as 2 of my interns have to teach HIIT tomorrow and it’s new to them. I’ll refer them both to this post. And thanks for including us!
You’re welcome, happy to include you. Thanks for sharing this with your interns.
Chad Anderson says
Aside from the benefits of HIIT, I love the fact that there are so many variations you can do! You really can do a lot of experimenting with HIIT circuits to keep them fun and refreshing.
Chat I was also shocked at all the variations. And for me, I like to change things up so it’s going to be perfect.
Oh my gosh, such a great compilation of HIIT ideas! Thank you! Also, thanks for including me!
Thanks so much, Janetha! And you’re welcome.
skinny girl says
Interresting. Never heard of HIIT before. I love hard core workouts. Gonna do more research on this.