Chances are good you’ve heard of high intensity interval training, more commonly referred to as HIIT. According to a survey conducted by The American College of Sports Medicine, it’s one of the top fitness trends for 2014. So what’s this type of training all about? What is it with HIIT?
WHAT IS HIIT?
High Intensity Interval Training (aka HIIT) alternates between high intensity exercise and short periods of rest, then repeats the sequence or circuit.
High intensity, short duration programs have been found to match or surpass results of moderate intensity, long duration workouts.
BENEFITS OF HIIT
- Burn more calories
- Metabolism stays high AFTER workout (EPOC)
- Fat burning increases during and post workout
- Complete an effective workout in less time
- Increases power
- Increases speed
- Increases endurance
HIIT workouts have been shown to burn more calories than traditional workouts, especially after the workout. The post-exercise period is called “EPOC”, which stands for excess postexercise oxygen consumption. This is about a 2-hour period after exercise when the body is using more energy to restore itself to pre-exercise levels.
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It’s important to remember, as with any type of exercise, HIIT isn’t for everyone. It’s an incredibly effective method for improving fitness in a short time, but it’s also extremely taxing on the body. HIIT duration, intensity and rest periods should be based on your individual fitness level.
See your physician before beginning any exercise program. This web site is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice and supervision of your personal physician. Any application of this or any other exercise routine set forth in this program is at the viewer’s discretion and sole risk.
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