HIIT is…what exactly?
High intensity interval training, of course! And yes, it has the potential to maximize the time you spend working out in a very, very real way. Plus, it is easy to do – pretty much anywhere and everywhere – making it a sustainable exercise routine for anyone. Bodyweight exercises, bursts of cardio, and dynamic stretching in a HIIT workout create a quick boost in your heart rate and energy output while providing the results you want to see from your dedicated hustle!
Stimulates fat loss, maintains muscle: Losing weight might be one of your goals, but having muscle melt away is probably not. You want to stay tight and toned. But keeping your muscular strength in place while also losing weight can sometimes be a challenge.
This is one of the great things about HIIT – you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other – no trade-off involved. Whereas certain exercises, such as running every single day, may cause some muscle groups to shrink – burning calories, but also burning muscle – HIIT doesn’t present the same risk. Your heart rate and caloric burn will increase, but HIIT training is more successful in maintaining muscle while minimizing fat, especially in those more dangerous fat storage areas around your organs.
High caloric burn: The interval training and variety of exercises involved in even just 20-30 minutes of HIIT training gets your heart rate going and increases the number of calories that your body is burning. Typically, as you build your strength, these workouts can become faster-paced, with little to no rest time. All of this helps you maintain your caloric burn and may also help prevent plateaus in weight loss and muscle building.
Beneficial for heart health: Getting some diversity in your heart rate is actually great for your cardiovascular system! Elevating your heart rate during exercise can have long term benefits in lowering your resting heart rate and blood pressure over time. The duration and range of intensity in HIIT workouts has been proven to be more effective in increasing cardiovascular strength when compared to high endurance intensity training alone.
Increases metabolism: Research shows that with HIIT, our bodies may resort more quickly to burning fat, as opposed to carbs, in the body while also increasing metabolism. The diversity of body weight and cardio in HIIT workouts boosts metabolic rates for a longer period of time post-workout, meaning that you’re benefiting from burning more calories throughout your whole day.
It’s like getting the benefits of 2 hours in the gym in just a 20 minutes session.
Convenient: HIIT workouts and exercises can be done anytime, anywhere. Using just bodyweight you can complete a short, but powerful HIIT workout that will maximize calories burned while maintaining strength and muscle gain.
Be sure to stay tuned, tribe! I’ll be launching the Yoga Prehab with Tristan Gatto membership in a few weeks, which will include Physical Therapy-based workouts, yoga flows, and HIIT that will help YOU get all of the benefits of quick, body-saving methods in the comfort of your own home (or hotel – I see you, business travelers)!