For those of you who aren't all clued up on fitness jargon, high intensity interval training (HIIT) is a training method that features short, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short recovery periods.
Although circuit training is similar to HIIT, it’s important not to confuse the two. Circuit training is moving from station to station to complete a set of exercise and you usually don’t rest between the stations in the sequence. With HIIT, you should be taking short rests between intense periods of exercise.Now let’s get onto the reasons you should be incorporating this training method into your programme.1. Time
Not all of us have the time to be jogging on the treadmill for hours on end, not to mention that that’s seriously tedious! Because your workout includes more intense bursts of exercise, it takes far less time to burn the same amount of calories that you would with your regular routine, which brings me to my next point...
2. You burn more fat
It’s pretty obvious that the more intense your workout is, the more calories you’re going to burn, but the effect of all the intense exercise increases the body’s repair cycle activity. This means you burn more fat in the 24 hours after the workout than you would if you went for a steady jog. You need to ensure that you recover well so using a specially designed bundle like this will keep you going harder for longer.
3. Less muscle loss
One of the most common problems amongst bodybuilders is the difficulty of shredding fat, without losing muscle. Without the use of PEDs, it’s a pretty much impossible task, but it’s thought that completing cardio at a steady pace actually encourages muscles loss, while studies suggest HIIT workouts are better suited to preserving muscle and ensuring most of the weight lost comes from fat stores. But just to be clear, if you’re in a calorie deficit, then you WILL lose muscle; HIIT just lessens the amount you lose.
4. Healthier heart and increased fitness levelsIn most activities, you don’t break through the aerobic zone and enter the much dreaded anaerobic zone (80% of your max heart rate). However, working in the anaerobic threshold is common practice during HIIT. A study that I came across recently shows that after two months of completing HIIT workouts, subjects could bicycle for twice the amount of time they originally could before the study, at the same pace. It just goes to show how effective this training method can really be!5. No equipment? No problem!
Biking, rowing and jump roping can be perfect for interval training, but there are also simpler ways that don’t require any equipment. Running, squat jumps and high knees are just some of the exercises that are great to get your heart rate up fast, so there’s no need to worry about having to be in a gym or having top of the range equipment on hand.
Study mentioned in point number 4 - onlinelibrary.wiley