Wednesday, October 14, 2015

So what's the big deal with HIIT?

Whether you're new to fitness or not, you've probably heard the word HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) thrown around a lot lately.

So what's the big deal with HIIT?

As a personal trainer, I use it to effectively and efficiently help clients shed body fat, build lean muscle and increase cardiovascular and muscle endurance.  My clients love it because it cuts down on the amount of time they have to work in the gym.

So, what is HIIT?

HIIT is essentially short bursts of intense exercise followed by periods of short or active rest that help clients burn fat and build lean muscle in less time than traditional strength or cardio programs.   When performed effectively, it creates an afterburn effect that can help burn fat for up to 24 hours post-workout. The key is EFFECTIVELY.  You must do the exercise with as much intensity as possible to have the best outcomes.

Three reasons why I love HIIT:

1.  Revs your metabolism - EPOC (exercise oxygen consumption) which can help your body burn fat when you're done exercising for a 24-48 hour metabolism boost

2. Fast and efficient - my fitness center is in the middle of a busy office park.  My biggest group personal training class is my 30-minute Express Group Circuit class because I leverage HIIT to give people the best workout in the shortest amount of time.  My clients leave sweaty, exhausted and get results.

3.  No equipment needed - HIIT can be done with or without weights or bands.  Your bodyweight is all you need for push-ups, squats, lunges, high knees, jumping jacks, sprints and a variety of other exercises that can be repeated for efficiency and time.

Ready to try HIIT?  Here's a beginner workout:

Need more advanced workouts or just don't know where to start?  I offer private coaching.  Please reach out to me here or through social media.  I'd love to connect!

Yours in health,
Coach Steph

1 comment:

  1. Great info Steph! I pinned this to refer back to later! Simple and easy workout for beginners.