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High Intensity Interval Training!

With High Intensity Interval Training you can burn more fat while spending less time in the gym. I will explain how you can get the best results from this new and cutting-edge type of cardiovascular training.

What if I told you that you could burn more fat by doing less cardio? Well, with High Intensity Interval Training (also known as HIIT) you can do just that, burn more fat while spending less time in the gym. In this article I will explain how to get the best results from this new and cutting-edge type of cardiovascular training.

You have probably been told, just like the rest of us, that in order to burn the greatest amount of fat you need to do cardio for 20 to 60 minutes at a moderate intensity. This will indeed melt the fat away, but HIIT is a more efficient and athlete-friendly way to train and burn fat at the same time.

How HIIT Works ///

With HIIT, you will be working harder than you normally work but for about a quarter to a half of the time that you would normally spend on the cardio machine of your choice. HIIT is so intense and effective that you only need 15 to 20 minutes, tops!

Here's What You Do:

  • Pick the cardio machine of your choice (treadmill, elliptical, rower, bike, swimming) and perform a 5 minute warm-up.
  • Then take time to stretch properly and you are ready to begin.
  • Start at a moderate pace for 1 minute, then crank up the pace to 90 or 95% of your Maximum Heart Rate (MHR).

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  • Continue at this effort for 15 to 20 seconds, then slow down to your starting pace for another minute followed by another all-out sprint for 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Do this for no more than 15 minutes.
  • After that finish your workout by cooling down for 5 minutes and thoroughly stretch afterwards.

If you perform this right I guarantee that you will be totally exhausted after 20 minutes of this.

Benefits Of HIIT ///

A study at Laval University in Quebec, Canada found that HIIT cardio helped trainees loose nine (yes, 9!) times more fat than those who trained the traditional way (moderate speed for 20-60 minutes). Combine HIIT with your weight program and you boost your metabolism through the roof!

The Reason HIIT Is So Successful

  1. When you work at a high intensity, you burn more total calories per pound of body weight.
  2. High Intensity workouts such as weight training and HIIT boost growth hormone levels.
  3. Elevates the body's metabolism throughout the entire day!

What does this mean for you? The more calories that you burn in a day, the more weight you are able to lose. Even if weight loss is not your goal, HIIT is for you. Athletes will see better gains from doing HIIT cardio as opposed to traditional cardio.

Unless you are training for a marathon, you do not keep a constant pace during your sport. All sports whether it be soccer or football, even baseball or basketball have a point where you need to change gears and hit a full sprint.

HIIT will not only help your cardiovascular system, but will train the anaerobic ATP/CP system as well. Not only will you increase your cardiovascular endurance, but improve your raw speed and explosiveness as well!

Conclusion

I will let the study speak for itself. HIIT provides a more effective workout in much less time! Everyone can benefit from HIIT cardio, whether it be the person who is trying to lose weight or the professional football player training for the upcoming NFL season! Give HIIT a try and I am sure that you will not go back to the traditional way of performing cardio again!


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Jeremy is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys working out and eating right to stay healthy!

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Will try this out today! Thank you

Jan 9, 2012 9:55am | report
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Best Type of training! its over so quickly and I'm so pumped after!
Instead i do 30secs going my hardest and 2mins walking pace for 3mins! :)
Love it!

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I'm starting HIIT training up again this week..

Apr 9, 2012 6:01am | report
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how long is too long? like yesterday i did hiit.. So what i did was i had 1 min on 30 secs rest and i had 5 exercises. each exercise i did 7 sets so a total of 10 min per exercise. So a total workout of 50 min 5 min warm up 5 min cool down/.
Is this to much? or will i just burn more?
and trust me i was dead after and today i am still tired.

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i am now on my 2nd day of hiit

Jul 31, 2012 12:52pm | report
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Hi Jeremy,

Should I do the HIIT after the workouts?
After the WO, usually the body is in lack of glycogen and when you do a HIIT you request energy from fat instead from muscles... Am I right?

Thanks!

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I'm so excited to try this one out.

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