What is HIIT? And why should you add it to your routine?


The most obvious place to start with explaining HIIT training is to define it.

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. 

It has become a very trendy topic in the last few years because we all continue to get busier and busier with our daily lives. 

It has gained its popularity because HIIT is one of the most efficient ways to workout.

The way it works is taking multiple exercises and doing them in intense bursts, typically between 30 seconds to a minute. 

You then follow up with a short rest or lower intensity to workout for a shorter interval, typically 15-30 seconds

So a HIIT workout could look a lot of different ways considering you can do it with basically any exercise but an example would be:

Jumping Jacks for 30 seconds

15 second rest

Push Ups for 30 seconds

15 second rest

Body weight Squats for 30 seconds

15 second rest

Mountain Climbers for 30 seconds

15 second rest

And then repeat the cycle 5 times.

You can count that these are only 3 minute cycles and, if you did 5 rounds, it would only take 15 minutes.

And that’s it!

That’s all HIIT is.

It has unlimited variety as you could do this with sprinting and walking on and off, swimming, biking, functional training, or whatever form of exercise you please.

The benefits include:

  • Burning more calories, faster
  • Increased Metabolic Rate (more calories burned while resting)
  • Reduced heart rate& blood pressure
  • Burns fat
  • Builds muscle(assuming you are doing some form of strength/functional training)

So if you have an interest in receiving any of these benefits, then HIIT is probably for you!

In addition to these benefits, HIIT is a natural way to get in some cardio because you are working as hard as you can in these bursts of activities. 

This is going to cause you to breathe heavy and sweat plenty.

All in all, depending on how you do HIIT, it is a great tool to add variety to your workouts and challenge yourself.

We currently offer 3 complimentary HIIT classes per week, and are launching a new one Friday called Finish Line Friday to finish your week off strong!

To see our class schedule click here.

I hope it helps you HIIT your fitness goals…hehe…sorry…that’s all I got.

Have a great day!