I'm sure you've already heard about HIIT and if you haven't then you've been missing out. I absolutely hate doing cardio and when I need to shred some fat, I turn to my beloved HIIT workouts.
What are HIIT workouts?
High-intensity interval training workouts torch calories, burn fat, and build muscle effectively. HIIT is a type of exercise that involves repeated short bouts of high-intensity exercises, followed by brief recovery periods. The whole point of HIIT is to kick up the intensity of your cardio. This sequence is repeated several times in a row usually for a duration between 20–30 minutes. So no more complaining about no time to workout, you can easily get fit by incorporating HIIT workouts to your routine.
How To Perform HIIT workouts
A popular example of a HIIT workout can be running on the treadmill, alternating between a very fast pace and one that is easier and slower. In order to follow an interval schedule, you switch between sprints that require roughly 90 percent of your energy, followed by walking or slowly jogging to rest and recover. HIIT routines that involve bodyweight work (push ups) or added weight, such as kettlebells, medicine balls, or dumbbells, will tone your muscles while spiking your heart rate.
When To Perform HIIT workouts
Most experts recommend practicing HIIT workouts 2–3 times per week, but not much more than this. The body needs an adequate break period between HIIT workouts to fully repair and grow stronger. Taking breaks is a major important factor to doing HIIT workouts the right way.
The rules of HIIT are pretty simple: work really hard, rest, then work really hard again.
Here's a routine you can do:
Perform each of the following exercises for 30 seconds each or 15 reps for a total 3 times. Don't rest until you've gone through all three sets.
1. Jumping Oblique Twists 2. Squat Jumps 3. Burpees or Mountain Climbers