What is HIIT? And Why the heck are people doing it?
Updated: Aug 10, 2019
What is HIIT?
Well, it stands for high-intensity interval training. A HIIT workout is a combination of short bursts of exercises with even shorter rest periods. During a HIIT workout, you're ideally working at your maximum capacity during the short bursts. *cough cough* the high intensity during the intervals. Since you're pushing yourself to the edge during a HIIT workout, it tends to be shorter and approximately 20 to 30 minutes of full-blown sweating.
HIIT workouts are modified for all ranges of fitness levels. It's extremely popular amongst fitness group classes. Your goal should be to push yourself to about 80 or 90 per cent of your max during the intervals.
Tip: Use a rate of perceived exertion scale (RPE) to measure your intensity. It helps keeps workouts individualized.
Not only can HIIT workouts be modified for all fitness levels, but it's also the same for your choice of activities. This can include, swimming, running, cycling, even strength training with exercises like squats, push ups, and (dun dunnn dunnnn) BURPBEES!
One of the most popular formats of HIIT is 2:1. Per example, sweat it for 40 seconds, rest for 20 (my personal favorite) while repeating this for five 10 sets. Don't go overboard you're already pushing yourself to the max!
So why the heck are people doing it?
HIIT brings a lot of benefits:
- HIIT workouts are highly effective because you're working to your max. Therefore you're burning more calories in less time.
- Can't forget, you burn more fat! By having intervals incorporated helps you shred it all
- HIIT workouts increase your endurance. Weird, who would've thought right? It'll help for those days you do decide to go on a long run or swim.
- You have a higher afterburn effect; therefore you're still burning calories even after you finish! WILD!
Here are some of my favorite HIIT workouts! Give'em a try!