Have You Heard of Interval Training?
If you want to make the most out of every minute that you spend at the gym, then high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, might be exactly what you are looking for. This is one of the top trends in the fitness world at the moment, and for good reason.
With high-intensity interval training, it is possible to maximize the number of calories that you can burn in a standard workout by really pushing your body to its limit.
While the HIIT may not be right for everyone, it is certainly something that is worth a try—especially if you are looking for a way to bring your workout to the next level.
What do High Intensity Interval Training workouts look like?
- Push ups
- Rope exercises
- Running up and down stairs
Typically, high-intensity interval training is reserved for functional strength exercises. These are the types of exercises that encourage muscle development and cardiovascular support simultaneously by pushing your body to engage in motions that you do regularly.
Weight lifting exercises are not typically recommended for high-intensity interval training, as attempting to lift too much weight too quickly can easily lead to injury.
In between the high-intensity periods, you may engage in an activity like walking, light jogging, or stretching before jumping back into another high-intensity interval.
Following this sort of intensity model allows you to maximize the type of results that you can see out of your workout. It makes sense, after all.
If you are pushing yourself harder than you ever have before for the duration of your workout, then you are probably going to see better results than you ever have before. This is especially true if you are combining the HIIT with a healthy diet.
High Intensity Interval Training – Defined
High-Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is a kind of training that involves doing quick, intense bursts of exercise and utilizing a shorter recovery period.
By alternating your workout activity levels between bursts of intensity and moderate exercise, you can keep your heart rate at a higher level while simultaneously increasing your need for oxygen. An example of a basic interval routine could include moderate walking for 2 or 3 minutes followed by 30 to 60 seconds of jogging or running.
According to Healthline, “High-intensity interval training is a very efficient way to exercise and may help you burn more calories than you would with other forms of exercise.
Some of the calories burned from high-intensity intervals come from a higher metabolism, which lasts for hours after exercise. Overall, HIIT produces many of the same health benefits as other forms of exercise in a shorter amount of time.”
What else should I know about HIIT?
Maybe you remember interval training from your grade school gym class? With interval training, everyone takes a turn at a particular task. The model generally includes a short period of rest in between a standard set of repetitions.
You do the task, you take a break, and then you do the task again. The problem with this sort of interval training is that you are constantly shifting from active to passive, and the active tasks that you are completing may not be as intense as they could be if you weren’t taking a break in between every set.
High-intensity interval training eliminates the downtime by interspersing highly intense work intervals with active rest intervals. The rest interval is not a true rest period. Instead of dropping down to nothing, as many people do while rotating sets with a workout partner, for example, high-intensity interval training trades off between super intense intervals with less intense, but still very active intervals.
But the biggest difference when it comes to HIIT is the intensity of the interval. For this type of workout to work for you, there is no holding back. You go all out. Hit the ground then bounce back up. Twice. Then do it again. You push yourself to your limit and then you try to go one more. Intensity is key, and hard work is an absolute must.
Ready to get started?
High-intensity interval training is a great workout model for anyone who is looking to push their athleticism to the next level.
However, if you have pain holding you back, then you need to address those underlying problems before attempting to push yourself any further.
If you are dealing with daily pain, contact us at Functional PT to find out how we can help you get back to performing your best.