When I post about HIIT on my social media feed, people often ask what is this? HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a training technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time.
I started doing HIIT workouts at home using YouTube videos, I couldn’t believe I could sweat so much in such a short time. I was used to doing an hours exercise class, was this short burst actually having any benefit?
It increases your metabolism, combing high intensity with interval training results in EPOC, which speeds your metabolic rate and “translates into a metabolism boost for up to 48 hours after a complete HIIT routine,” This means you’ll still be burning fat even after you’ve left the gym.
It is quick and convenient, long gone are the days of not having enough time for exercise. HIIT workouts is can be done anywhere: at home, in a hotel room, in a park, at a gym, etc. And most are 30 minutes or less! Who can’t spare that?
I started going to https://www.sarahjonesconditioning.co.uk/ and loved being part of a class. Every class is different, Sarah says it doesn’t get easier you just get more reps in. 20 seconds is a long time when you are dying. I love the feeling as the endorphins kick in.
It has really helped with my body shape, I am less wobbly (still a bit of wobble but those are the fun bits), I have managed to do a proper press up and combined with running and swimming I have lost a stone since January 2017. Though scales are called the ‘sad step’, because they will almost always leave you feeling disappointed. They don’t always show that YOU ARE making progress everyday and you are melting fat even when the sad step tell you otherwise.
Doing HIIT has really helped with my marathon fitness and recovery from my longer runs.
If you not sweating you’re not training.