Todays’ article is all about HIIT. HIIT is the short form for Hight Intensity Intervall Training and is a special form of endurance training. Check out this article for a detailed description.
How does HIIT work?
The name really says it all. The intervals and the intensity are the core measurement of this technique. HIIT is not really a special sport it is rather the way you do it. Simply make sure that you feel comfortable with the type of sport you choose to do HIIT with. It can be swimming, running, or even weight training.
The different steps of HIIT really depend on how hard you want to work out. The workout should be restricted to 20 – 30 minutes per session. There are two main intervals when it comes to HIIT. The exposure phase and the resting phase. This means the first part of your workout should always consist of 30 to 60 seconds of the highest possible lev4l of exhaustion. Afterwards you should rest. But resting in this case doesn’t mean that you shall stop completely. Taken the example of running the resting phase would be slowly walking instead of running. And afterwards starting to run on the highest level for 30 to 40 seconds again. The two intervals should always follow each other.
We recommend to only do a HIIT session about 3 times a week as your muscles need a break from the high intensity and can later develop in a better way.
What does HIIT do to your body?
The biggest advantage of HIIT is that it better burns your body fat as you ensure that your body needs more energy to follow the steps of HIIT and can therefor longer burn fat in your body. This is due to the so called ‘after burn effect’. The high intensity of the workouts brings your body the need for more oxygen. After some workouts you then condition your body to always ask for more oxygen and it can automatically also transfer more oxygen. This leads to a longer fat burning effect than usual workouts.
Studies have also shown other effects for your body. With the right form of HIIT you can strengthen your muscles with more development hormones. HIIT also lowers your blood sugar and your insulin level.
The different forms of HIIT
The core of the workout always stays the same. But there are some different types of HIIT. They really only differ in the length and intensity of the workouts of each interval. The different forms of HIIT also suggest different types of sport which is the main difference between them. As a beginner you should check out the Wingate Workout. Professionals can also try the Tabata workout or turbulence workout which concentrate on workouts with either your bodyweight or weights from the gym.
It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a professional athlete. You should definitely try HIIT to improve your endurance and will bring you’re a perfect addition to your usual workouts. Try to judge yourself to not stress your body too much and find the best length and intensity of your intervals.
HIIT can definitely save you some time and improve your workout plan. Let us know what your think about it as soon as your tried it.
Maurice from Bestfitnessrecipes