High Intensity Interval Training

High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is a newer style of cardiovascular training that is slowly replacing the traditional elliptical and treadmill workouts that last 45 minutes to an hour.  HIIT training involves repeated bouts of high-intensity training with a short break in between lasting 20-30 minutes depending on your fitness level.  It was once thought that those long workouts were the holy grail to burning fat, but new research says that’s not entirely true.  HIIT training burns the same amount of calories in a shorter amount of time, and causes the body to produce more testosterone when multi-joint exercises are used.  The production of testosterone helps the body burn more fat and build more muscle – which increases your metabolic rate.

It’s a no brainer for most people to do HIIT training, but is it for everyone?  The answer is no.  If you’re new to the fitness world and are starting a fitness routine for the first time in a while or ever, I recommend starting off with low-intensity cardiovascular training for 30 minutes a day, three days a week, at 40-60% of your max heart rate for 8 weeks.  Then slowly progress into high intensity training routines.  But if you have been regularly active and stuck in a plateau, I would definitely give HIIT training a try.  It will shock your body and give you the edge you need to keep progressing towards your fitness goals.

-Mike Lopez