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Why You Need To Start HIIT Training Today!

Why You Need To Lose The Cardio & Start HIIT Training!

Today I really want to talk about HIIT, which is the acronym for High Intensity Interval Training and its total and complete superiority to steady state cardio in helping you lose weight faster.

Unlike steady state cardio, HIIT will actually give you a boost in your metabolism for hours after you’ve done your training.

We all know how incredibly tedious and difficult it can be running on ends just trying to lose another pound or two, which is why HIIT training has almost become the new “fad.”

HIIT studies have shown time and time again that HIIT training has been proven to help you drop more body fat in shorter amounts of time than steady state cardio.

The way HIIT training works is through intervals. You give it your all for one minute and then rest for the next.

This cycle goes for anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes. Your primary objective when going through HIIT training is to get your heart rate up to its peak, while maintaining it during your periods of rest.

Certain features that stand out with HIIT is its total customization options. You can do this with just about anything from running outside, cycling, biking, to swimming.

Remember that the primary goal with HIIT training is to work at your fullest capacity for one minute and then resting for the next.

 

Why Steady-State Cardio Is Ineffective For Fat Loss!

Simply said, steady-state cardio is not an effective tool for fat loss because it’s very time-consuming and doesn’t lead to as many of the health benefits provided by HIIT.

One 15 minute HIIT workout is as equivalent to 1 hour doing steady state cardio and a two week HIIT workout has been known to be more effective than a 6-week workout of simply doing the traditional cardio workout.

Furthermore, you don’t get that boost in metabolism that HIIT gives you with steady-state, and you are much less likely to preserve most of your muscle mass.

Interval training and the ability to push your body to the max for a minute at a time has shown to be the most effective method when it comes to losing weight, improving your cardiovascular system, and in even making you look and feel younger (through the natural release of hormones like HGH).

Below is an example of a HIIT routine you can try without having to use any equipment, other than a treadmill.hiit training vs. steady state

In-fact the less equipment you use, the better. Some have incorporated certain weights into their routine, but this actually isn’t recommended since the point of HIIT is to focus on getting your heart rate as high as you can.

So if you’re ready to lose weight today, while preserving muscle, lose the cardio and start doing this HIIT routine today!

 

Example HIIT Routine On Treadmill (Duration: 28-30 minutes)

Warm-Up:2-3 minutes at 0 elevation.
Walk: 1 minute at 0 elevation.
Sprint: 1 minute at 1 elevation.
Walk: 1 minute at 0 elevation.
Sprint: 1 minute at 1 elevation.
Walk: 1 minute at 0 elevation.
Sprint: 1 minute at 1 elevation.
Walk: 1 minute at 0 elevation.
Sprint: 1 minute at 3 elevation.
Walk: 1 minute at 0 elevation
Sprint: 1 minute at 5 elevation.
Walk: 1 minute at 0 elevation.
Sprint: 1 minute at 5 elevation.
Walk: 1 minute at 0 elevation.
Sprint: 1 minute at 5 elevation.
Walk: 1 minute at 0 elevation.
Sprint: 1 minute at 5 elevation.
Walk: 1 minute at 0 elevation.
Sprint: 1 minute at 5 elevation.
Walk: 1 minute at 0 elevation.
Sprint: 1 minute at 5 elevation.
Walk: 1 minute at 0 elevation.
Sprint: 1 minute at 5 elevation.
Walk: 1 minute at 0 elevation.
Sprint: 1 minute at 5 elevation.
Cool Down: 2-3 minutes at 0 elevation.

HIIT Training Session: Complete!

 

Pros Of HIIT Training

  • Easily modifiable for people of all fitness levels.
  • Better at maintaining muscle levels than steady state cardio.
  • Increases metabolism long after your workout.
  • No equipment necessary to begin HIIT training.
  • Can be done from anywhere.
  • Stimulates natural production of human growth hormone.
  • 15 minutes of HIIT is as efficient as jogging on a treadmill for an hour.
  • Can aid in reducing muscle stiffness and rigidity.
  • Lowers blood sugar & glucose levels in people with diabetes.
  • Body becomes more effective in using its oxygen.
  • People tend to enjoy HIIT more!

 

Con’s Of HIIT Training

  • Don’t let the short duration of HIIT workouts fool you – HIIT training IS difficult!
  • More demanding than steady-state cardio.
  • Not as effective for improving muscle mass.
  • May not be appropriate for everyone due to possible health risks – increased demand for oxygen & insulin.

 

High Intensity Interval Training Overview

There certainly aren’t a whole lot of disadvantages with HIIT training other than it being difficult and the fact that it can be risky for people who have certain health conditions.

On the other hand, the more you practice HIIT training and the more you incorporate this method of exercise into your everyday routines, the better you’re going to become at it.

HIIT training has been known to drastically increase and improve your bodies endurance by fueling your body and brain through maximal oxygen uptake.

The most important thing to remember with HIIT is working at your highest intensity followed by rest for maximum efficiency. The best thing about HIIT is the fact there is no down right formula.

You can even make it up as you go along and change it up from day to day. Always give yourself a day of rest in between to allow your body to fully recover.

So if you’re looking for a way to boost your metabolism to the max and become a true fat burning machine, start incorporating HIIT for some awesome results! 🙂

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