What is High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?


High-intensity training (HIIT) is one of the top 10 fitness trends. You can achieve amazing results no matter your goal, fat loss, muscle gain or athletic performance.

So what’s a HIIT workout?

This type of training is defined as short, intense, unsustainable bursts of physical activity, paired with intervals of quick rests. It will keep your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time.

A high-intensity workout increases your body’s need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery. This is what makes this type of training burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic and steady-state workouts.

HIIT could have you burning calories at a higher rate up to 48-72 hours later. It can also increase metabolism, reduce insulin resistance, improve cardiac function, and produce faster gains in endurance levels.

This type of training is not recommended to be performed everyday since your body does needs to heal and recover properly. It is recommended to train a maximum of 1-3 days per week.

HIIT workouts can be performed using various methods of exercises including bodyweight exercises, strength exercises, cycling, walking, swimming, running, or group fitness classes. whatever machine or activity you choose, make sure you perform it at 80% of your estimated maximal heart rate.

The recovery period should be performed at 40-50% of your estimated maximal heart rate. Using heart rate monitor such as a watch might help you keep track of this better.

And remember whatever your resting period might be, give the best you can and don’t give up!