HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is the solution if you want to lose weight and get a nice and toned body.
- What is HIIT?
HIIT mixes periods of high-intensity physical activity (80 to 90% of your maximum heart rate) with periods at a lower intensity.
To be more specific: you give the maximum of yourself for 20 seconds and you rest with a less intense exercice for 10 seconds (= active recovery) or complete rest. Then, you repeat the serie of exercises for a minimum of 10 to 30 minutes.
- This type of training has many benefits:
– You will lose weight faster
The combination of periods of high and low intensities will require a lot of energy to your body, which will help for the fat loss. Of course, you need to combine your fitness training with a a healthy and balanced diet.
– You will burn calories even while sitting on your couch
This is called the “after-burn effect.” In fact, more your body provides an intense effort, more oxygen he will need to recover properly. This implies an extra calorie consumption even when you are resting few hours after your training (up to 48 hours)
– You will save time
If you do not want to spend hours on the treadmill, the HIIT is your solution. ! You burn the same amount of calories with 20 minutes of HIIT than running 45/60 minutes on the treadmill.
– You will get a toned and nice body:
Running tends to refine the muscles, but it does not allow your body to have nice and sexy curves.
On the contrary, HIIT allows muscles buiding through various body weight exercices. By choosing this option, you will get a pretty butt, more visible abs…
-You will improve your endurance
HIIT is a mix of periods of intense efforts with periods of moderate-to-low intensity efforts , thus, the anaerobic system (without oxygen) and aerobic (with oxygen) are highly stressed, which will improve your endurance.
– You will be less stressed
With the release of endorphins (« pleasure »hormone) you will quickly feel well and relaxed immediately after your workout.
And concretely ?
Caution : if you are new in fitness, I do not recommend this type of training.
This training is usually advised for those who already have a good level of fitness and who master well the basic movements such as squats, push-up, …
Here are intensity advices that you need to choose depending on your level
For the beginners in HIIT, I advice to start with level 1 and increase slowly with the time, while the more advanced ones can start with level 3 directly.
Here is an example of total body HIIT routine that you can do easily at home! So no excuses Girlzz!! :)
You can also have a look to the burning workout (HIIT mode) I did during the Lorna Jane Bootcamp.