What is HIIT Training?

HIIT… What does it mean?

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. HIIT is a unique training style, where you go from quick, intense moments of work to quick times of rest. For example, if you would were running sprints for your HIIT workout, you would run for 35 seconds and then rest 25 seconds and do that for 10 rounds.

My favorite way to do a HIIT (also the way that I have Hero Academy set up) is to do a 20/10 split. That means that I’m working for 20 seconds and resting for 10. Typically, I pick 4 exercises that I want to do, like a squat or burpee, and then I will do each of them for 20 seconds. That is one round and it should take you 2 minutes. For the full workout, you would complete 6–8 rounds. This allows you to get a full blown workout completed in 16 minutes.

What are the Benefits of a HIIT?

There are 2 main benefits that I see with a HIIT workout…

  1. They don’t take long…

HIITs are designed to get your heart rate up in a very short amount of time. This makes them perfect workouts if you are traveling or just have a very busy week. I love to throw a HIIT workout in between days in the gym. Also, they can be done anywhere, at home, in the gym, on a field.

2. They help you burn more calories…

The reason HIITs were invented, was to help people burn more calories after the workout is over. That is exactly what they do. During a typical workout, you get your heart rate up enough to burn calories during that workout, but with a HIIT, those short bursts of intensity cause your metabolism to kick into overdrive and cause your body to burn more calories AFTER the workout even if you are sitting on the couch.

HIITs are a great tool to put into your workout program. They can free up some time and help you burn more calories during the week. If you would like 30 HIIT workouts, right now, leave a comment below.