High Intensity Interval Training

One of the hottest trends in the fitness community designed to burn body-fact through short, but intense bouts of movement. Read below for some information behind this style of workout and why it works so well!

Anaerobic interval training utilizes the body’s reserves of energy. As a result, metabolism stays elevated and continues to burn calories for hours after the workout has finished. This is due to something called the excess post-exercise oxygen consumption otherwise called the EPOC effect. HIIT training allows the body to not only burn a lot of calories during the workout, but also continue burning calories long after the workout has finished!

The intensity level of HIIT places a significant amount of metabolic stress on muscle tissue. It is because of this stress that the in order to promote the repair process, the body will produce higher levels of human growth hormone, testosterone and insulin-like growth factor-1 to repair damaged muscle proteins. All of which can lead  to increases in muscle volume and definition.

The majority of HIIT workouts and exercise protocols rely on the body as the focus of the routine. This means that there is no need to touch any weights, cables, or machines; all you need is a little space and a minimal amount of time to utilize HIIT.

One of the main obstacles when it comes to an effective workout routine is usually the amount of time it takes. However, with HIIT, even only 20 minutes of training can be as efficient as an hour of running on a treadmill. 20 minutes at the lunch break can pack in some amazing results! Using the Tabata training method can help make even more effective use of time, but check back soon for more on that!

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, HIIT can come with some serious benefits.

  • Aerobic and Anaerobic fitness
  • Blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Insulin sensitivity (which helps the exercising muscles more readily use glucose for fuel to make energy)
  • Cholesterol profiles
  • Reduction of abdominal fat and body weight while maintaining muscle mass.
Interval training has been used for years because of the incredible list of benefits associated with the style of workout. However HIIT Interval training is becoming an increasingly recognized and well-liked method of training. It is not only beneficial because of the list of associated health benefits, but also because it is so time effective. In today’s busy world, maximizing time efficiency can be a great step in becoming a healthier you!