What is a HIIT workout?
HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training and is an extremely
popular training technique that requires you to give the workout 100% percent of your effort through quick and intense bursts of exercise.
The purpose of HIIT is to get your heart rate up and keep it there, burning more body fat in less time. Through this type of exercise you will also improve endurance, build strength and increase your metabolism.
There’s a stigma around HIIT that you need to already be ‘fit’ to give it a go. That’s certainly not true, this type of workout is great for people of all fitness levels, including post-natal mothers and even people getting back into exercise after an injury.
The key to success is having the right form and not overdoing it from the get go. If you’re new to fitness take it easy and listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right or you’re experiencing pain, it’s best to stop and find out what it is rather than injuring yourself. Take your time, record results and stick to the recommend training schedule based on you.
The best parts we love about a HIIT workout is that you can get it done in around 30-45 minutes (or even less if you’re short for time) and it can be done anywhere (hotel, park, lounge-room) using just your body weight if you don’t have access to any equipment (weights, dumbbells, sledge etc).
TRY THIS: The Form Fitness 5-Minute HIIT Workout
Pick your favourite piece of cardio equipment (at Form we love the Rower) and perform the following for 5 minutes
– 20 seconds of high intensity (80% of your maximum effort)
– 20 seconds low intensity (20% of your maximum effort)
– Repeat high and low intensity for the 5 minutes!
If you don’t have access to cardio equipment you can complete the same intervals with body weight exercises or running.