High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has become increasingly popular over the years, and it’s no wonder why. This highly effective training method can get you in the best shape in the least amount of time. As a mom, I understand that time is limited, and I don’t have 2 hours a day to devote to the gym. That’s why I now use HIIT to train, and I love it. In this post, I will share my experience with HIIT and some of my favorite workouts.
HIIT is a form of cardiovascular exercise that involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by periods of rest or lower-intensity exercise. It is known for its effectiveness in burning fat and improving cardiovascular health. One of the best things about HIIT is that it can be done in a relatively short amount of time. This makes it a great option for busy individuals who still want to get a good workout in.
In my experience, HIIT allows me to be more present with the exercise I am doing and not worry about counting repetitions. Instead of taking so many rest breaks like I had been doing previously, I can do much more in less time. It’s also a great way to get out of your comfort zone and make changes to your body. When you stay in your comfort zone, you don’t get the results you want.
There are many different ways to incorporate HIIT into your workout routine. One of my favorite ways is to use it for strength training. By moving quickly between sets to work out different parts of the body, you can get a full-body workout in a short amount of time. Here are some of my favorite HIIT workouts:
- 30 seconds on/10 seconds off Choose four different strength exercises, such as squats, push-ups, lunges, and planks. Set a timer for 30 seconds on, 10 seconds off, for 16 rounds. Perform each exercise in a circuit for 4 rounds total. This will take you 10 minutes.
- 20 seconds on/10 seconds off Tabata timing is 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for 8 rounds (a total of 4 minutes). This can be performed with the same exercise for the 8 rounds or 2 different exercises that you alternate.
- 12 seconds on/8 seconds off Perform 12 seconds of an exercise and 8 seconds harder without a pause for 3 rounds. This is a total of 1 minute per exercise. For example, a full bodyweight squat for 12 seconds to jump squat for 8 seconds and repeat for a total of three times. This interval is only a minute but so intense.
- 45 seconds on/15 seconds off Perform 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off for 6 rounds. Use 2 different exercises or alternate sides. For example, for step up on a chair, put your right leg on your chair and do 45 seconds with your right leg, take 15 seconds to quickly stretch and catch your breath, then switch legs. Repeat 3 times on each leg for a total of 6 rounds.
Incorporating HIIT into your workout routine is a great way to burn more calories and improve your overall fitness. I use HIIT in many of my classes, like Bootcamp, Butts & Guts, and I’ve even used it in Yoga intervals using similar techniques to switch things up. If you’re new to HIIT, start slow and gradually build up your intensity. Remember, it’s important to listen to your body and rest when needed.
In conclusion, HIIT is an excellent option for individuals who want to get a great workout in a short amount of time. By incorporating HIIT into your workout routine.