Quick guide to understand HIIT
Find out why high-intensity interval trainings work and HIIT all the right spots to a stronger, fitter body.
High-intensity interval training, better known as HIIT, has been under our fitness radar for a while now. Based on a survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, HIIT is one of the top two fitness trends for 2014 — and we think it’s not going away any time soon.
First thing’s first, HIIT is not a specific set of exercise. HIIT is a workout concept which describes any intense form of interval training that alternates between quick bursts of exercises and short active (or inactive) rest periods. Examples of HIIT include P90X and CrossFit.
So what is it about HIIT that makes it the top of the fitness list? Here are five reasons why.
It’s completely customizable
Want to tone up those abs or lift up that booty? HIIT gives you the flexibility to personalize targeted training based on your needs and personal goals. All you need to do is to know where your problem areas are and blast them with a focused set of exercises accordingly.
Get fit fast
No time? No problem, and no more excuses. HIIT workouts usually last for as little as four minutes up to just 20 minutes — that’s less than two percent of your every day! Because it’s such an intense form of workout, it is recommended that you only do it three times a week, tops. Without a doubt, HIIT is the ideal workout for every time-pressed individual.
A challenging workout like HIIT can result in an oxygen shortage, increasing your body’s need for oxygen during, and long after, your workout has ended. Known as Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC), it causes your body to continue working to pump in more oxygen for recovery, triggering a boost in metabolic rate. You’ll still be burning fat even after your workout, and for as long as 48 hours.
Efficient fat burner
This super-fast workout also helps you burn a substantial amount of fats, seeing that it only takes up a little bit of your time. A study published in the Journal of Obesity revealed that subjects who underwent 12 weeks of HIIT not only saw significant reductions in total abdominal, trunk and visceral fat, it also significantly increased the body’s fat-free mass and aerobic power. Way to turn ‘fit and fat’ to ‘fit and fab’.
HIIT combines a series of exercises like cardiovascular exercise, yoga, strength training and stretching, and the best part is that it’s a complete no-frills concept — no equipments needed, just your body weight. Going equipment-free also means that you can undergo HIIT training any time and anywhere (with the right workout gears, of course).
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