HIIT It Hard

This week’s blog is vastly different from last week’s, as I concentrate on HIIT workouts for weight loss. Every week we’ll be looking at differing parts of fitness. Feel free to give me a nudge if there’s anything you’d like to read about in future weeks.

Are you looking to burn fat & lose weight & not scared about working up a sweat to get there? If so, HIIT could be for you.

You don’t need to spend hours & hours on cardio workouts, if you work out at a high intensity properly.

High Intensity Interval Training (often referred to as HIIT for short), is a style of exercise where you alternate between a short burst of extreme effort, followed by a short rest period to catch your breath & recover. This improves your metabolic rate by pushing your personal limits, resulting in improved fitness & weight loss.

You need to be working out to a degree where you can no longer hold a comfortable conversation – really push yourself, knowing you’ll get your recovery time soon. This trains your body to work anaerobically, helping you to become more efficient at producing & using energy. This increases your body’s fat burning potential, meaning that even for up to 24 hours after your workout, your body can still be burning fat. Just to reiterate though, the key is pushing yourself HARD (90%) on those intervals.

Obviously, HIIT workouts are not suitable for everybody & it’s always a good idea to check with your GP before starting any new exercise regime. Once you get the all clear, get going. Below is a short, simple workout to get you started, where all you need is a watch & your own body!!

Remember to warm up, cool down & stretch!!

  • 45 Secs – High Knees
  • 30 Secs – Tuck Jumps
  • 30 Secs – Rest
  • 45 Secs – Plank
  • 30 Secs – Mountain Climber
  • 30 Secs – Rest
  • 45 Secs – Moving Squats
  • 30 Secs – Jump Squats
  • 30 Secs – Rest
  • 45 Secs – Left Split Squat
  • 30 Secs – Jumping Lunge
  • 30 Secs – Rest
  • 45 Secs – Right Split Squat
  • 30 Secs – Jumping Lunge
  • 30 Secs – Rest

Complete 3-5 Rounds

 

Good luck, enjoy & reap the benefits!

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