What Is A (H.I.I.T) Workout?
High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T) is an exercise strategy designed to boost your overall fat loss as well as exercise endurance and physical agility.
High intensity interval training workouts utilize the power of interval training. In order for a workout to qualify as a (H.I.I.T) workout it must include short intervals of maximum intensity exercise, separated by longer intervals of low to moderate intensity exercise.
However, what makes a (H.I.I.T) workout truly unique is the fact that it requires you to go beyond simply raising your heart rate; High intensity interval training workouts require maximum effort, to the point of total exhaustion or what is often referred to as “failure” within the fitness industry. Therefore, if you engage in a workout routine, that involves intervals, and this workout does not push you to “total failure” than it is not a high intensity interval training workout.
For example, the following video workout is categorized as a (H.I.I.T) workout. However, if you are in excellent physical shape, to the extent that this video does not cause you to collapse at the end, than it has failed to give you a (H.I.I.T) workout.
How Does High Intensity Interval Training Work?
High intensity interval training is the fastest and most effective way to lose weight and get in shape because it forces you to briefly push yourself beyond the upper limits of your aerobic exercise zone.
In turn, this effective exercise strategy gives you several advantages that traditionally stagnant exercises, that keep your heart rate within the confines of your aerobic zone, cannot give you.
- High intensity interval training workouts boost the amount of calories you burn during your exercise session by increasing the amount of time it takes your heart rate to return to an aerobic state and your body to recover.
- High intensity interval training routines force your body to use more fat as fuel in order to sustain the anaerobic state. This also helps improve your athletic endurance.
Is High Intensity Interval Training Right For Me?
High intensity interval training workouts are not right for everyone. Before you begin a high intensity interval training routine consider the following:
- Can you exercise for at least 30 minutes at 85% of your maximum heart rate? If you can’t do this without exhaustion than you are not ready to start a (H.I.I.T) routine.
- (H.I.I.T) workouts are not recommended for those who are obese, have heart disease and/or Diabetes.