Tuesday, June 25, 2013

HIIT Training

Do you guys know about HIIT workouts?   HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. 

Well, as you know, I was planning a session for yesterday and I loved it so much that I had to have more today.

What IS HIIT Training???

HIIT is basically an exercise strategy alternating short, very intense periods of anaerobic exercise with longer periods of less intense recovery.

It's designed to increase fat burning and increase aerobic capacity.  

Sweet Francis, I hadn't done one of these workouts in quite awhile and it was almost like childbirth.   You forget the pain until it's too late.   I was deeerenched in sweat after 30 minutes, which we all know I love.

The good news is, if you hate running, you can still get in on this.    These workouts can be done on the elliptical, the spin bike, or even with various equipment in your home or gym.

Check it out, yo...

The workout below is a basic outline of what I have been doing the past couple of days.

I typically run for 1 to 2 minutes and then all out sprint for either 30 or 45 seconds.   I had a couple 1 minute sprints in there for good measure.

The bottom line is, these workouts pack a MAJOR calorie burn.  Your body is constantly in a state of shock as its either full throttle/ guns blazing, OR it's attempting to recover.   Just when you think you've recovered, it's go time again.   And yes, the intervals are torturous but really, they are so short and you see the light at the end of the tunnel after just a few seconds.   

Another perk, these are amazing for marathon training.  It's basically speedwork in disguise.

 There are a MILLION workouts on Pinterest that you can pull up on your phone while you are on the tread or elliptical.  Crank your music and GO.   They are short and majorly effective.  

For you 24 Day Challengers and Lean in 13'ers, this is an awesome addition to your program!!

Stay tuned tomorrow for SWW!

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