You can walk in to any gym now and there’s always at least one person performing HIIT. For anyone that doesn’t know, HIIT stands for; High Intensity Interval Training. It’s fast, physically tough and super effective for all kinds of fitness goals.
I’d never taken part in HIIT until last year, so I’d never seen how well it can really work. My favourite part about it? You can do a 15-30 minute workout and still have worked 2 times as hard as fi you’d run on a treadmill for an hour.
Whilst in the gym last night, I looked around and thought about the variety of HIIT available to everyone and how it can be so easily adapted to your personal goals.
First of all Kayla’s BBG Circuits are a great example of HIIT. They are formed of 7 minute circuits, 4 exercises in each, with a 30-90 second rest in between each circuit. These are great for anyone looking to improve overall body toning and fat loss as they are split to work different body parts on different days (legs, arms, abs, full body). From the idea of this, it’s also really easy to put together your own HIIT circuits – just make them challenging!
Another option for HIIT is to use any of the cardio machines in the gym. On the treadmill, perform 30:30 sprints/jog. I have only just started doing this so, I warm up with a fast walk for 5 minutes, my jogging speed is 8.5km/h and sprint is currently at 12 km/h for ten minutes; followed by a 3 minutes fast walk cool down. This is really easy to build upon so that you’re constantly working to your maximum. Run faster or extend the time – just run!
Alternatively, use the cross trainer, rowing machine or bike with 30:30 intervals; the options are endless!
Every HIIT session I finish, I’m dripping with sweat, I look like I’ve worked hard, my muscles are tired and I work to the point where I can’t physically do anymore. The best thing about HIIT is it continues burning fat for hours after you’ve finished!!
What do you do for HIIT?