HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is an intense training technique where you perform short bursts of maximal anaerobic effort followed by short recovery periods. This type of training elevates and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time.
Here’s 3 reasons to HIIT it hard:-
- Increased Metabolism- HIIT starves your body of oxygen creating an “Oxygen Debt.” To pay this “debt” your metabolic output is accelerated up to 48 hours after your workout creating an Afterburn effect! Within the Fitness Industry this is commonly referred to as EPOC (excess post exercise oxygen consumption.)
- Time Efficient and convenient- You can fit an intense 20 minute HIIT workout into your lunch break at work with colleagues in the boardroom. No longer do you need to set aside huge chunks of your diary for long dull gym routines.
- No equipment? Use your body- HIIT focuses on elevating your heart rate and maintaining levels of high exertion. Whole body exercises such as Burpees and Jump squats are guaranteed to get your heart pumping for a more effective workout.
One form HIIT is Tabata training developed in Japan by Dr Izumi Tabata. It’s easy to remember 20 seconds of maximal effort followed by 10 seconds rest and repeat for 4 minutes. Try these simple effective Tabata workouts here! Happy training!