Folks who know me, know I’m mad about HIIT workouts.
How else can you get the maximum bang for your buck, when you are under time contraints?
Not only do you burn more calories during a HIIT workout, but the effect of all that intense exertion kicks your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive. That means you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout than you do after, say, a steady-pace run. Well, for a complete work out, you should really do both. If you don’t like running, then you may bike or swim at steady pace for say 40 minutes, before this simple HIIT workout.
Also, once you push into the anaerobic zone (where you’re gasping for breath) you get results. One 2006 study found that after 8 weeks of doing HIIT workouts, subjects could bicycle twice as long as they could before, while maintaining the same pace.
Finally I love HIIT because there’s no equipment necessary! Mountain climbers, Burpees, Sumo squats, or anything plyometric like jumping lunges work just as well to get your heart rate up fast. I.e. All you need is YOU.
Have fun my fitness bunnies.. !