“Fitness is a battle. Welcome to the frontline!” (Les Mills)
Bodybuilding is back with determination to bully out all of the other forms of exercise. But 2014 saw the meatheads being battled by another trend: HIIT.
What is HIIT?
High- intensity interval training, or HIIT, is a much needed trend in our exercising schedule. What with going to work, looking after the kids/dogs/parents/boyfriends etc. we sometimes have little time for ourselves, including time to exercise. So along comes HIIT to smack you in the face. A HIIT session generally will combine high- intensity exercises performed with 100% effort for a short period of time, followed by a recovery or active recovery.
This form of workout is fantastic for three reasons:
- Quick and convenient– the modern man/woman is working more hours than ever before, but with a quick 30 minute blast there is no excuse to miss your daily dose of exercise.
- Anywhere and everywhere– HIIT workouts require only your determination, effort and bodily strength, not fancy gym equipment used by Ivan Drago. Being able to do a HIIT session anywhere from the aerobics studio to your living room or back garden makes it easy to not miss out. When it’s raining or your stuck with the kids while your husband pops out for a game of golf, you can clear a bit of space and raise your game with some burpees and squat thrusts.
- Burn fat while you sleep– If you dream of waking up shredded this is the workout for you. A HIIT workout increases your metabolic rate, which means that even after you have completed your exercise your body will continue to burn fat.
My favourite HIIT exercises include: burpees, dynamic lunges, wide arm push ups and long jumps.
If you are looking for a gym class to take try Metafit which will have you competing with those around you and sweating out together. I love the motivating music and variety of exercises. However, if you prefer to do your own workout give Deltaworks’ Interval Timer- Timing for HIIT Training app a go. I found it useful in setting up my own sessions and programming my music to compliment my exercise.
Fitness shouldn’t be tedious. Make it fun, fast- paced and full of effort with a HIIT session!