There’s a reason you see more and more HIIT workouts around in gyms, in bootcamp classes, or even in apps: because HIIT works.
I’ve been a fan of high intensity interval training (HIIT) for years now, and still consider it the absolute best, bang for your buck workout you can do, no matter what your fitness level.
If you’re not exactly sure what HIIT is or why you should do it, here’s why you should love it as much as I do:
The Basics of HIIT
High intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are an advanced style of interval training where you alternate periods of short, intense exercise with less intense recovery periods.
Basically this means you’ll be working as hard as you possibly can for a short amount of time, resting, then working hard again. Each work period should feel like a sprint—you should be giving it all you’ve got if you want to get maximum results.
An entire HIIT session should really only last no more than about 10 to 20 minutes, and you should feel pretty spent when you’re done.
Here are five reasons why HIIT should be a staple of your training: