The other day I ventured into my regular Thursday evening cardio dance class to be met with an instructor I’ve never seen before.
“I’m going to be completely transparent with you,” she said, “I am not a cardio dance instructor. Your regular teacher needed a sub and I was the only one free. I teach a HIIT class so we’re going to be doing that today.”
HIIT – what the eff is that? Is it hard? Am I going to die? I looked around the room and clearly everyone else was having similar thoughts.
HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. Basically it’s a form of interval training that has you alternate short periods of intense exercise with periods of recovery. So for example, in our class we did 30 seconds of high cardio exercise, 10 seconds recovery, 30 seconds of weightlifting, 10 seconds recovery. Repeat 4 times and then move on to the next set.
While you can vary the time you’re working vs resting, the most important part of the workout is that during your exercise you go hard (like really hard). Essentially, you want to get your heart rate up as quickly as possible.
So what are the benefits from this? The first is that it helps you burn more fat. Not only are you burning tons of calories during the actual time spent exercising, but thanks to your body’s repair cycle, you’ll burn more calories and fat for 24 hours after your workout!
You don’t necessarily need any type of equipment! Your main focus is raising your heart rate fast – this can be done by high knees, jump lunges, burpees, or any type of anaerobic exercise. Plus you can do it anywhere! Living rooms, bedrooms, hotel rooms, it doesn’t matter where you are. And this is just the beginning! It’s also good for your heart, helps raise your metabolism, and is a time saver when it comes to getting that workout in.
While the exercise is really challenging (not gonna lie there) it is an amazing workout that has enough variation to keep you interested and helps the time go by quick! Highly recommend!
Have you ever tried HIIT before? What are your experiences?