If you're new to high intensity interval training (HIIT), this post will give you all the information you need on how and why these workouts work. Plus, there's a nifty infographic for you to download if you like.
What is HIITHIIT combines high intensity training with interval training, both of which are very effective at burning fat. So, what is high intensity and interval training? High intensity training is training where you are at your maximal output for the workout. It causes your muscles to work at thier maximum capacity, and in turn to use more oxygen. Interval training is training that alternates between higher intensity training and lower intensity training within the same workout. It boosts your metabolism during and after your workout and is more effective at building lean muscle than steady state workouts.
How a HIIT workout worksWhen you see a HIIT workout, it will usually list rounds, intervals, and exercises, something to the effect of:
- 12 rounds
- 45 seconds work
- 15 seconds rest
- Push ups
- High Knees