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High-Intensity Interval Training and Why I Love it!

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High-Intensity Interval Training and Why I Love it!

High-intensity interval training(HIIT) is a method of cardio that I love to practice for myself and my clients. What is HIIT? Short bursts of intense exercise done in succession with shorter, less-intense rest or recovery periods in-between them.

A very basic HIIT cardio session might look something like this:

30 second sprint/run
15 second walk
30 second sprint/run
15 second walk
30 second sprint/run
15 second walk
30 second sprint/run
15 second walk
                   30 second sprint/run
                   15 second walk
                   30 second sprint/run
                   Rest 1-3 minutes

Don’t like running? That’s fine! You can insert any exercise you can think of into a HIIT routine. The important factor is the intensity. You need to keep it high and not cheat yourself.

I’m sure you’re wondering why I prefer HIIT over moderate or low-intensity cardiovascular exercise. It’s been shown in studies that HIIT and moderate, continuous exercise such as jogging or biking produce similar fitness results, but a key difference is that HIIT achieves these results in a fraction of the time! One study in particular found that the HIIT group exercised 90% less, and committed 33% less time to the routine than the moderate exercise group. What this shows is that HIIT can get you the same benefits in a fraction of the time. Why is this so important? The number one reason people, myself included, give for skipping out on cardiovascular training is not having the time! HIIT takes away that excuse and gets things done quickly.

Secondly, HIIT is simply more engaging, and the only limit to how you structure a HIIT workout is your own imagination. If you like running, you can sprint. If you like doing squats and pushups, you can do that. If you like burpees or jump rope, you can do those. If you like all these exercises, you can combine them together in a circuit and push for an awesome full-body endurance workout.

HIIT is where it’s at for the individual who is stressed for time and wants to improve their cardiorespiratory and metabolic function. It’s challenging, engaging and gets results fast. What’s not to love?

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About the Author:

Daniel Cohen is a Can-Fit-Pro certified personal trainer who services Richmond Hill, Thornhill and parts of Markham, Maple and Vaughan.

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