High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT is a form of training that involves short bursts of intense exercise followed by periods of rest or very low intensity exercise.
For example 40 seconds of exercise followed by 20 seconds of rest. Here is how a HIIT workout might look:
3. Push Ups
4. Jumping Lunges
5. Tricep Dips
6. Mountain Climbers
Complete each exercise in turn for 40 seconds, resting for 20 seconds between each exercise. Repeat the whole thing twice more! The work to rest time ratios can be adjusted to make the workout easier or harder.
Benefits of HIIT:
* Increased fitness
* Quick & convenient
* No equipment required
* Effective at burning calories
HIIT can be done with a variety of exercises and combinations of exercises. Running, rowing and cycling sprints or various bodyweight moves like squats, lunges, push ups and the dreaded burpee can all be utilised for HIIT sessions. It is generally best to avoid complicated movements. HIIT needs to be fast and furious. You want simple moves you can do with your eyes closed once you start to tire.
With HIIT, the clue’s in the name: HIGH Intensity. Many people simply do not work hard enough during a HIIT workout. You really want to be going all out, maximum effort during each exercise interval. If you can have a chat about the soggy bottom on last night’s Bake Off, you ain’t working hard enough!