What if I told you that by spending 30-45 minutes at the gym running intervals would help you lose fat faster than walking on the treadmill for four hours?
Welcome to the wonderful, time-saving world of high intensity interval training!
What is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?
It’s a kind of exercise that aims for maximum fat loss in a short period of time, and it combines two kinds of training:
- High Intensity Training. Working out at maximum effort in order to reach VO2 max, which triggers the afterburn effect that makes your body burn calories up to 48 hours after your workout ends.
- Interval Training. Alternating periods of low-intensity with moderate-intensity. This builds lean muscle mass and boosts metabolism, and burns more calories than steady state cardio (working out the same duration for a set period of time.)
By combining these two types of training, you get HIIT!
What are the benefits of HIIT?
1. Increased metabolic rate. Who doesn’t want that?
2. Increased calorie burn during and after your workout. The afterburn effect from high intensity training is magnified by adding intervals into the mix.
3. Improved mitochondrial function. HIIT actually improves your body at the cellular level, improving mitochondrial function and energy levels in our body.
4. Increased fat loss. Intervals combined with intense exercise boost your metabolism and the afterburn effect, promoting fat loss.
5. Shorter workouts save you time. Research has show that 27 minutes of HIIT 3x/week produces the same set of anaerobic and aerobic benefits as doing steady state cardio 60 min/day for 5x/week! [Read more…]