HIIT training. Most people have no idea what it is. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It incorporates high intensity cardio, but instead of taking forever to run a few miles on a treadmill, you could just do HIIT for 10-20 minutes and get a great workout in. It comes with many benefits for all types of people no matter their goals or fitness level.
What is HIIT Training?
It involves bouts of high effort with spurts of minimum rest periods. For example, try exercising in intervals such as 45 seconds on, 15 seconds rest. You could change up the exercises or do the same exercise. Changing up the exercise and time doesn’t allow your body to adapt to the same movement, which intensifies the workout. 30 seconds on, 30 seconds rest with sprinting is a great example of HIIT while repeating the same exercise. HIIT is also a great way to “hit” the same muscle group in different ways or various groups at one time using different intensities.
People who would like to burn fat and maintain lean muscle should definitely try HIIT training. When someone does a HIIT, it activates the type II muscle fibers, which are among the larger of the fibers. Long endurance type cardio activates the smaller type I muscle fibers so loss of type II muscle fibers is inevitable. If you don’t use it, you lose it. By doing it you maintain the lean muscle and shred fat – killing two birds with one stone!
The reason why HIIT is so advantageous when trying to decimate fat is because of the way it affects your metabolism. Long endurance cardio burns calories during your workout. It burns calories up to forty-eight hours after your done with the workout, essentially boosting your metabolism because of Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption. This basically means the more intense the workout, the more oxygen a person consumes and the more calories they burn.
Besides shredding fat and keeping lean muscle, HIITs are just fun to do. By the time you’re done with your workout you’ll feel amazing and cleansed. It is one of my favorite ways to work out – I do it almost every time I’m at the gym. It’s impossible not to benefit from HIIT, so why not give it a try the next time you’re at NoCo Fitness!
By: Matthew Miller