Some days I get to the gym and just as soon as I begin, I am wanting to finish. This isn’t because I don’t love to workout (trust me, I do); but just like the rest of you, life can get busy and exhausting! On these days when there just does not seem to be enough hours in the day I incorporate HIIT into my workouts! HIIT= high-intensity interval training.
What is HIIT?
While HIIT routines come in many forms, the name itself pretty much sums it up, spurts of high-intensity intervals paired with periods of recovery for the duration of the workout routine. This type of exercise is great for those who are pressed for time, need variety in their workout to keep it fresh & fun or are looking to increase stamina, strength, and metabolic rate. (Which is pretty much everyone, AMIRIGHT?)
As mentioned, HIIT workouts can be accomplished in a variety of ways including, but not limited to: sprinting, using cardio machinery (i.e. treadmill, bike), boxing, or by incorporating equipment such as medicine balls, kettlebells, and bands. Whatever you chose to assist in your HIIT workout, remember to keep your heart rate increased by pushing through the high-intensity intervals and using the low-intensity intervals to lower your heart-rate to really reap the benefits!
The best part? In as little as 15 minutes you can increase your resting metabolic rate for the following 24 hours! Basically, performing HIIT will allow you to continue burning fat even after you finish your workout! There is no doubt that HIIT will have you sparkling with sweat, feeling energized and looking your best, so tighten up your tennies and the next time you’re at the gym give these HIIT workouts a try!
Lower Body Workouts:
Lower Body Burnout
Upper Body Workouts:
Upper Body AMRAP