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What is HIIT Training?

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what is HITT training1. What is HIIT Training? We have all been there, feel like we have to work out but either can’t be asked or haven’t got the time, or a bit of both. I used to think that if I didn’t complete at least an hour in the gym either pumping iron or cardio training I was somehow cheating myself and would only have myself to blame when I looked in the mirror and saw a beer gut and love handles overflowing from the top of my trousers, that was until I discovered HIIT!

What is HIIT Training?

So what is HIIT? HIIT stands for HIGH Intensity Interval Training and is any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less – intense activity. Alternately you can try ‘insanity’ training which has prolonged high intensity bursts with short rest periods; some other methods will have shorter bursts of high energy exercise and longer rest periods, each to their own!

2. Challenge your self

This is not the sort of workout you can do whilst watching TV or reading your book. Even though it has shorter work out time periods, you will be working hard the whole time, HIIT offers a challenge for anyone, from the very fit gym bunny to the new guy getting back into their fitness groove.

3. Metabolism Kick-start

Not only do you burn more calories during a HIIT workout, you also boost your body’s repair cycle. That means you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after HIIT workouts than you do after a steady run or jog. So, how does it boost your body’s repair cycle, I hear you cry? HIIT stimulates your human growth hormone during the 24 hours after you complete your workout, human growth hormone (HGH) is responsible for increased calorific burn as well slowing the aging process, so you can save a fortune on expensive creams and surgery.

4. What else do I need to know?

HIIT is ideal for a busy schedule and for people with precious little time on their hands. Research shows that you can achieve more progress from a 15 minute blast of interval training, done three times a week than on a treadmill for an hour. A study by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2011 found that 2 weeks of high intensity interval training improves your aerobic capacity more than six to eight weeks of endurance training.

HIIT comes in varying forms and is very easy to fit into your daily routine around work and the kids. I have found that Tabata training is really good and gets the heart rate pumping very quickly. Tabata is only 4 minutes of intensive training, 20 seconds of intensive work (sprints, push ups, hill climbers, step ups etc) with a ten second rest period, set to your stop watch or clock. These 4 minutes of training equate to 8 sets of a given exercise, repeated during the time. I usually try to do 4 minutes of legs (step ups, tuck jumps, skipping or similar), 4 minutes of upper body (press ups, tri dips, incline pull ups or similar) and 4 minutes of Trunk (Hill climbers, leg raise plank, sit ups, crunches or similar. Try that little 12 minute beauty, you’ll love it. Circuit training, Insanity classes and Cross fit are also brilliant. At the Fresh Start Fitness Holiday Boot Camp Thailand you will have a chance to try all these great HIIT classes.

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