HIIT has become quite a buzz word in the fitness world of late, with millions of devotees around the globe claiming this form of workout to be the ultimate all rounder, producing incredible fat burning and sculpting results. But what exactly is HIIT training? And how can you get on board as a beginner? Today we take a closer look at this type of exercise which is only growing in popularity.
HIIT stands for ‘High Intensity Interval Training’, which describes a type of exercise that is broken down into quick, short bursts. For example, rather than jogging on a treadmill at the same pace for 30 minutes (which doesn’t do much in the way of fat burning), HIIT training would transform the jogging into sets of 30 second sprints with a 10 second break in between.
This type of training burns far more calories than steady forms of exercise, and incredibly continues to burn significant amounts of fat even after you’ve finished! It works with both cardio and weights training, and can be customised to suit every level of fitness.
If you’re looking for some incredible workout results, then you can’t go past incorporating some HIIT into your weekly exercise routine. You can do a short HIIT workout in your backyard, your lounge room, or even on your Vuly trampoline!
To begin, you simply need to choose some suitable exercises which can be broken down into sets. Here are some of our favourite HIIT-suitable options:
Select as many exercises as you’d like (as a beginner it’s probably best to stick to five to ten) and get your stopwatch ready! Then complete 30 second to one minute rounds of each, with a 10 second breather in between. If you run out of breath during a set, slow down and remember to focus on form—there’s no point pumping out exercises if they’re not being done correctly.
Do you incorporate HIIT workouts into your weekly routine? How have you found it affects your fitness?