Should I do HIIT training?
Most protocols called “HIIT” would actually be more accurately described as circuit training or interval training. It is great for anyone that is short on time. HIIT sessions can last 20 minutes and burn calories compared to an hour long session.
The great thing about HIIT training is you do not need equipment if you do not have it! You can do HIIT at home, in the park or at a gym with little to no equipment!
What are the benefits of HIIT training?
Working to your maximum during HIIT means your body relies on anaerobic pathways (breakdown of glucose without oxygen) to produce energy needed. The amount of energy is very limited, so the length of time you can sustain the maximum effort is quite short. To improve power, work for shorter periods of work with maximum effort allowing longer rests for recovery. To improve your muscular endurance, work for longer periods with little rest.
HIIT training has been proven to be effective for heart health and weight loss and you can get the result you want in less time. Unless it is interval or circuit training, the key to high intensity is ensuring you are working to maximum effort when performing exercises.
It has been proven that your metabolic rate will continue to increase hours after performing HIIT training.
This is known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC, informally called afterburn), a measurably increased rate of oxygen intake following strenuous activity.
Examples of HIIT
Dumbbells for legs
- Squat thrust with lunge
- Hip thrusters
- Lateral lunges
- Goblet squats
- Squat jumps
- Jumping lunges
- Plank jacks
- London bridge
- Push up shoulder taps