What is High Intensity Interval Training? Is it right for me?

High Intensity Training has it’s place in the fitness world. With busy schedules, it can be hard to devote time to workout. The High Intensity Training module is designed to maximize the benefits in the time allotted. It promotes higher post caloric burn, and let’s face it, it keeps things interesting.

It is a lot of work squeezed into a short amount of time, and before jumping into an HIT program it’s best to have a base of cardiorespiratory fitness. Plain English? Get some endurance cardio in so you can hang during the workout. 30min to an hour of some sort of cardio a few times a week is a great start. Walking, jogging, jogging and walking, cycling, a spin class, the elliptical, there are countless ways to get the cardio in.

Why is this important? If you can’t sustain some sort of endurance cardio, it’s going to be hard to get through a workout that intensely spikes your heart rate and exertion level.


For more information:

The ACSM defines High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT

http://www.acsm.org/docs/brochures/high-intensity-interval-training.pdf

 

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