The realization that spring is here seems to hit us all at the same time; one of these days we’ll remember it happens every year. This is often followed by a wave of Instagram photos about preparing for summer bodies and meal prep to start cutting.
Do not fret, my buff body hopefuls, we have just the workout for you: High Intensity Interval Training. Or simply known around the fitness water cooler as HIIT.
So what’s it all about? HIIT is a training technique where you give 100%, all-out effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short recovery periods.
A HIIT workout is not a relaxing workout, you won’t be able to read a magazine or carry on a conversation during this one. Get ready to sweat, be left breathless and get to the place where you feel like your heart is trying to jump out of your chest. Because the bursts of exercise are so short (often 20-30 seconds), you will be working hard the whole time.
The point of it is to get your heart rate up and keep it up in order to blast calories and increase burn long after you’re done, which will help you reach your fitness goals faster. Some studies show HIIT increases metabolic rate (how many calories your body burns at rest) for up to 48 hours – that’s hundreds of extra calories.
With no equipment necessary, so you can do this workout anywhere – condo, hotel room, park. Instead of relying on barbells or resistance bands, you’ll put yourself through bodyweight exercises like high knees, fast feet, jumping lunges, squats and burpees.
Try It: 30 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest. Complete all exercises then repeat for 3 sets. Make sure to keep your water bottle close.
- Jumping jacks
- Mountain climbers
- Fast feet
- Jump lunge
- Push ups
- Full situps
- Skater jumps
Love the idea of HIIT workouts but don’t know where to start when doing it alone? There’s a class for that! Check out MetX at World Health.