There’s a reason why we tout the 45 minute workout at Team Afterburn, where you burn the most amount of calories in the least amount of time. We live in a busy world with buys lives! High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) helps us maintain the ability to work out, effectively, while not having to adjust our daily routines. Whether it’s before work, during your lunch break, or even during that small window the kids are at practice, Team Afterburn offers the ability to get in an incredibly effective, efficient working through the benefits of HIIT. Research has shown that HIIT training has shown the same results as other cardio and metabolic workouts in as little as 25% of the time invested.
If you still aren’t quite sure what HIIT is, check out a prior blog we did on how it works: HIIT: What is it and is it effective?
You’ll Melt Away Fat
Of course during an intense HIIT workout you will burn a crazy amount of calories, but it’s the Afterburn Effect (EPOC effect) that really makes this an amazing workout! When you ask your body to work so hard during that workout, it will go into recovery mode for up to 24 hours after the workout, meaning you continue to burn calories at an elevated level after you leave the gym, which is a unique benefit of HIIT workouts!
Your Heart Will Get Stronger
For most people, getting into that red zone (90% of max heart rate and above) is no fun. It’s difficult and means we are pushing ourselves to the limit. However, max training means max results. Studies have shown that those who do continued HIIT workouts for as little as 6-8 weeks see an improvement of up to double their anaerobic capacity (running, biking, etc).
Heavy Equipment Not Required
We love using weights to help supplement the heart rate spike and to add an extra element, but they certainly aren’t required for an effective HIIT workout! Members will often get intimidated by the large weights and think that the gym is not for them because they aren’t ready for weights like that. That’s ok, you don’t have to! High knee sprints, fast feet with touchdown/box jump, and jump lunges all work as a fantastic way to get that heart racing..
Getting Lean, Not Weak
There’s a reason why we alternate between cardio and weight days at Team Afterburn. Studies have shown that a combination of both resistance training and HIIT workouts allows us to maintain our hard earned muscle while losing most of our weight from fat storage!
HIIT workouts can encourage the production of human growth hormone in our bodies by over 400% during that Afterburn Effect! HGH not only causes us to burn more calories, but it also helps us maintain that nice, young look and feel!
You Can Do It Anywhere
While we certainly hope you do your HIIT workouts with us at Team Afterburn where you get the benefit of accountability, certified trainers, and of course a group of friends, we do realize that life doesn’t always allow for a trip to the gym. You can always do your favorite exercises like burpees, jump squats, and all of the other great non-equipment workouts from the comforts of….well, anywhere!
HIIT workouts require you to dig deep and bring out a side of you that is not only rewarding physically, but mentally. You will need to give it your all the entire time you are working out, resisting that desire to slow down or even quit. Ultimately, that leads to some pretty awesome mental rewards!
If you’d like to know more about what we do at Team Afterburn and the benefit of HIIT workouts, or if you are still looking for a little more info, check us out online at www.teamafterburn.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamafterburn!