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How Does High Intensity Interval Training Help You?

How’s your current exercise routine treating you? Do you feel stuck in a rut, even though you’re doing all the same things that kept you in shape over the summer? Maybe you’re burned out on your usual routines, or find that your cardio just isn’t helping as much as it used to. Enter high intensity interval training, also known as HIIT. The reason you feel like you’ve hit a plateau is you probably have. Doing the same cardio exercise over and over (this is called “steady-state” cardio) three times a week will improve your health, but you won’t see the same dramatic loss in body fat and gain in muscle. Let’s take a closer look at HIIT and why it’s become so popular as a training strategy.

What is High Intensity Interval Training?

High intensity interval training is alternating between two activities that require a fast speed and then a less fast speed for less time. Excessive aerobic activity can decrease testosterone levels, increase cortisol production, weaken your immune system, and stop strength gains. While any kind of cardio is good for you, performing the right cardio can trim your body down while increasing strength and muscle. Luckily, HIIT produces the same health benefits as traditional cardio training, but in less time.

What Types of Exercise Count as HIIT?

Many different exercises count as HIIT training, but one of the most common is jogging for a minute, then running as fast as you can for a minute, then alternating back and forth. The extra burst of energy burns more fat and builds more muscle than simply jogging at a leisurely pace for a mile. If you’re just starting out with HIIT training, here are three quick workouts that will get you going:
1. High Knees; jumping jacks; sumo squats; repeat 3 times (20 sec. work, 10 sec. rest).
2. Pushups; squats; butt kicks; triceps dips; side lunges; repeat 3 times (45 sec work, 15 sec. rest).
3. Pushups; squats; butt kicks; triceps dips; side lunges; jumping jacks; sit-ups; repeat 3 times (45 sec work, 15 sec. rest).

How Can I Find the Best HIIT Trainer?

HIIT training is only effective if you’re doing each type of exercise right and really pushing yourself. You will save you hours at the gym every week with High Intensity Interval Training. Team Afterburn workouts are HIIT style workouts with dynamic warm-up stretches, paired workout partners (to really help get that intensity up), introductory evaluation with nutritional guidance, monthly reevaluations meetings, and scheduled workouts that best fit your busy lifestyle. If you need a challenge or your not getting what you need from your current workout routine and want to feel your best each day, give Team Afterburn a call or visit our website for our 6 week trial for only $75. You can also check us out on Facebook for more helpful fitness tips. Happy training!