What Is HIIT? | And Why You Should Probably Try It With A Trainer First
High Intensity Interval Training sounds almost too good to be true. Once you dive into the intensity part of HIIT can seem intimidating.
Here are a few things to know about high intensity interval training.
Rest is super important.
Rest is required for high intensity interval training to work. It takes your body through a series of high-intensity effort and then down to a rest. Once you are at rest it brings you back up to high-intensity again. This exercise promises the same results as a regular workout routine, but only takes about 20 minutes three times a week.
Going up to a high-intensity workout might seem intimidating. But you are only there for a moment, 30 seconds to three minutes. Many first-timers were surprised they had that much power inside them.
HIIT requires a warm up and a cool down. This makes sense. If you are going to get your heart pumping at a high rate, you need to be careful to bring it back down. After a high intensity interval training workout, the blood in your veins can build up. This can lead to fainting, general dizziness, and more. A walk will get you safely back down to your regular heart rate.
Even after cooling down, you’ll be burning calories for up to two hours after your HIIT session.
If you are doing HIIT you need to eat full meals.
You’ll be burning lots of calories doing high intensity interval training sessions. Your body will need complex carbs and lean protein. To repair the muscles you just maxed-out your body needs glycogen. A good rule for meals? Eat within 30 minutes after your HIIT workout. Your meal should be a ratio of 3:1, complex carbs to lean protein.
Without a good meal, HIIT can actually cause you to lose muscle.
HIIT isn’t specifically a muscle-building exercise routine. It will target aerobics and strength. High Intensity Interval Training can be a muscle building based on the exercise you choose to work with.
HIIT works with any exercise.
It was originally invented for running, but high intensity interval training works with swimming, cycling, exercise machines, and more. Almost any cardio workout can be turned into a HIIT workout.