HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training

  • Ever wondered how you can maximize your exercise activity and reap its full benefits?
  • Would you prefer to workout in less constrained and restricted environment?
  • Have you tried other workout programs but never felt it was right for you?
  • Have you ever wished for a fitness routine that does not take forever to complete?


In an effort to keep our bodies in shape, a huge number of individuals are trying out new strategies and approaches with regards to their overall training regimen. Innovations have been introduced paving the way to new and up-to-date exercise activities.

Enter HIIT or is also known as High Intensity Interval Training, the newest and most popular form of exercise activity that has been getting quite its fair share of the spotlight especially with its effective and timely approach to exercise activities.

HIIT can be a combination of any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest. One can start with a warm up period that is then followed by several repetitions of high intensity exercise separated by medium intensity exercise for recovery, then a cool down period. What makes HIIT an instant “hit” to a number of exercise enthusiast is with its huge flexibility.


An entire HIIT session can last one between four and thirty minutes. This means that almost anyone benefit greatly from the overall activity as they are able to maximize their workout even when one is on limited time. Furthermore, since HIIT is considered to be a form of cardiovascular exercise, it does not require anyone to go and visit the gym. This in turn, helps save one a substantial amount of time and resources as there is no need to enroll for gym classes or visit the nearest gym.


In a recent study, participants were compared with the type of workout activity that they were engaged in. One group did steady-state cardio for 30 minutes three times a week while the other did 20 minutes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) three times per week.

Similar weight loss was felt and was showed by both groups however, the ones who were engaged in HIIT showed 2 percent loss in body fat in contrast to the other group who lost only 0.3 percent. Furthermore, nearly two pounds of muscle was gained by the HIIT group while on the other hand, the steady-state group lost almost a pound. This in turn, makes HIIT a truly efficient and effective.

HIIT is indeed quite popular and is practiced by a number of individuals on a regular basis and you will find a lot of HIIT related videos that are uploaded online. With that being said, it is important for those who want to try this particular activity to consult with their physicians first and get their opinions about the said HIIT itself.

It should be noted that HIIT can be very physically demanding and is not suited for everyone. This is especially true for those who have an existing history of cardiovascular problems or other health concerns that hinders your ability to exercise at very intense levels.

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