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You’ll be seeing HIIT in 2014

Posted 01/17/2014 | By HealthCorps

Interval training has been around for a long time.  Athletes value its ability to improve speed and endurance, as well as effectively helping individuals to burn fat.  Using interval training properly can also translate into shorten workouts.  What is interval training?  The idea is to create a workout that alternates faster or harder intervals of an exercise, with lighter or recovery intervals.  If you are a runner, then after warming up for a few minutes, you might run for 3 minutes at a set comfortable speed, and then run a significantly faster speed, full out, for one minute.

So for every 3 minutes of a tolerable and moderate speed, you then go “full out” for one minute – and that is the repeating interval during the exercise program.  If you are used to running for 45 minutes at a moderate, comfortable speed, then adopting this interval model could allow you to run only 30 minutes on a given day, and still get a very effective workout.

In this example, intervals also help you to improve your overall speed, since those short hard run periods typically allow you to incrementally speed up your overall running times.  That’s why interval training is so popular among serious athletes, but it can also work for anyone who regularly exercises.  It’s applicable to someone who uses a treadmill, elliptical, bike (indoor or outdoor), or for an outdoor runner or swimmer.

HIIT (high intensity interval training) uses “high intensity” periods that can only be sustained for very short intervals, mixed with moderate paced exercise.  Exercise trend reports predict that HIIT will be very popular in 2014, as individual and group fitness utilizes the formula.

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