You’ve probably read about it in magazines, seen it on social media and maybe even done a HIIT workout. Beyond just being a trendy term for a workout, High Intensity Interval Training otherwise known as “HIIT” is more than meets the eye. So here’s a snapshot of what HIIT is all about so you can get the most out of your next workout or start incorporating some HIIT elements in your fitness routine.
HIIT, Rest, Repeat
In summary, high intensity interval training focuses on working at a high intensity effort for short time intervals to shoot your heart rate up. Each high intensity interval is followed by brief periods of active recovery before jumping back into a high intensity effort. Working your heart rate up and then allowing it to decrease for shorts periods of time has been shown to be an extremely efficient way to maximise calorie burn.
Besides calorie burn, elite athletes across various sporting disciplines have been incorporating HIIT elements in their training program for quite some time as it is the most efficient training method to increase endurance, strength and overall conditioning. Yes, this includes track & field sprinters, footballers, triathletes and even marathon runners!
If You’re Not Tracking, You’re Slacking
The best way to maximise your time and effort in a HIIT workout is through heart rate zone training. The most accurate way to know whether you have been pushing and resting at the correct intensities and find out how much calories you have burned in a workout is through the use of a heart rate monitor, which is typically worn via a chest strap. By utilising a heart rate monitor, you will be able to calculate your personalised levels of exertion during hard and easy efforts; thus making the HIIT workout tailor made to your own fitness level.
Heart rate tracking also allows you to maximise excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), also known as afterburn, which means that you will continue to burn calories for up to 24 hours after the class! This is achieved by maintaining your heart rate at 80% – 90% of your maximum heart rate over a combined period of time in a specific workout.
The name of the game at HIIT2fit is that each workout will have you alternating between cardio and strength intervals whether on the bike or on the studio floor that will spike your metabolism, boost your energy, maximise your afterburn and increase your fitness.
At HIIT2fit, our fitness philosophy is to create innovative workout routines set against real time heart rate monitoring so that each workout is as impactful as it is enjoyable. Giving you the best workout for your time and money while connecting with the rest of your HIIT Tribe.