HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) is being used to shed fat in a portion of the time it took with traditional cardio! HIIT is the idea that you will do a workout in a very short amount of time (ex: 10mins) and you would alternate one minute of maximal effort, and one minute of rest until you reach ten minutes. The maximal effort minutes will be done to absolute failure to increase metabolic output.
This type of workout style is amazing for people with a busy schedule. There are thousands of HIIT workouts that you could knock out on your lunch break, before work, or in the evening after dinner. This type of programming is designed to increase results and decrease the time it takes to see those results.
Is it Effective?
Not only is HIIT just as effective as the traditional SSC (Solid State Cardio), it is proven to increase metabolism for up to 24 hours, and has led to an increase in cardiovascular endurance. In a study in 2006, they found that people who participated in HIIT for an eight week period could bicycle nearly twice as long as before doing HIIT.
HIIT Workout Ideas
I like to keep my HIIT workouts as simple as possible, I utilize things like jump rope, sprints, burpees, and box jumps in my programming. The easiest thing that I have found is at the end of every workout I will grab the rope and do two minutes on/ one minute off. This causes a massive increase in heart rate and an increase in metabolic activity, leading to a higher percentage of weight loss.
Remember… it is all about maximal output. The more you put out, the more you get out!