This high-intensity interval workouts (HIIT Workouts) guide may be the most effective interval training at Apex Fitness.
Why would we make such bold claims?
This stuff is really easy for us, and we even have dinosaurs or Muppets.
We create custom interval training programs for our 1-on-1 Coaching Clients. This includes workouts that can be done at home or while on the road.
This ultimate guide to interval training will cover the following:
- What is interval training? What is HIIT?
- What are the benefits to HIIT? Interval training is a good idea.
- How can you do interval training? Interval running.
- What is HIIT?
- What are some of the best HIIT workouts?
- Is it good for weight loss?
- Interval training: how to get started
- Avoid common pitfalls when performing HIIT.
- HIIT timer suggestions.
- Our interval training workout recommendation.
Are you interested in starting a HIIT routine? (You are, ’cause that’s why you’re here)? Then you might want to check out our app. This app will take you from a couch to a complete HIIT training program. There are plenty of benchmarks to help you find your rhythm. You don’t need to do any research, just open the app and follow its next steps.
What is interval training? What is HIIT?
High-Intensity Interval workouts (HIIT workouts), was named the top fitness trend in 2018 by the American College of Sports Medicine. They wrote:
HIIT workouts are a type of exercise that involves short bursts at high intensity followed by rest or recovery. It usually takes less than 30 min to complete.
HIIT simply means that you follow a particular regimen in which your speed and intensity are varied during a shorter run or swim, bike ride, row, or other activity.
You can do any type of HIIT exercise, but this is a simple routine:
- For three minutes, you can lighten your pace.
- Push yourself for one minute (run, sprint).
- This cycle can be repeated four more times.
People are busy and overwhelmed. HIIT is fast and delivers results in a short time.
You can also do HIIT workouts with almost any object, even a jump rope.
You might be wondering just how intense and short are we talking? Let’s now examine the benefits and drawbacks of intervals.
What are the benefits of HIIT workouts?
The landmark Tabatastudy in 1996 demonstrated the health benefits of extreme HIIT.
Dr. Izumi Tabata from Japan’s National Institute of Fitness and Sports was obsessed with interval training.
The doctor wanted to know what type of benefits could be obtained by short, intense periods of exercise. He did an experiment on Olympic athletes who were stationary bicycle riders and had them go through an intense exercise with short rest periods.
Let’s say that HIIT had a greater effect on BOTH than regular cardio.
- Aerobic increases (endurance).
- Anaerobic power increases
Tabata was able to show improvements in his athletes using only FOUR-MINUTE bursts.
It’s simple: Your heart is a muscle.
Your heart will not grow stronger if you keep it beating at the same rate and don’t expand it beyond its comfort zone.
Inducing chaos and pushing your muscles out of their comfort zones will force them to adapt and become more resilient in order for them to survive.
Interval training is intense and challenges your heart. It forces it to go beyond its comfort zone.
In other words, progressive overload is the same concept as building strength. Come on over to Apex Fitness to try out a HIIT class and see what all the hype is for yourself! At Apex performance we are a community of highly trained experts looking to provide performance enhancement and a permanent lifestyle change for our clients in a fun and interactive environment. Members can take advantage of personal training in Tampa, one-on-one training, small group classes, and specialized courses for a wide variety of athletics, youth sports training, and nutritional guidance! Contact us today for more information on how to get started and what you can expect!