High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has become one of the top fitness trends and is used in classes like Tabata, Crossfit, and Bootcamp training. These classes promise a sweaty, high calorie burn in return for hard work. Even DVD and home programs including Insanity and P90X utilize this type of training because it works. Research shows that alternating higher intensity moves with lower intensity recover periods results in more logged minutes of high calorie burning on the clock.
HIIT Training = Post Fat Burn
Most people cannot last doing a 60 minute high intensity workout without recovery breaks. Furthermore, the alternate of rest and work has been proven to increase the after burn of burning fat post workout (key for those wanting weight loss).
Steady state work takes MORE time
The “old school” theory of steady state work to burn fat still holds water but realize that you’ll have to stay on treadmill at that same pace up to two times as long to achieve the same calorie burn of a HIIT workout. A 30-minute HIIT workout can equal the same calorie burn as 90 minutes walking on the treadmill at 2.5 mph.
Try it for yourself!
If you’re looking for the simplest way to do HIIT training, simply alternate high intensity moves with a 2:1 ratio. Translation: jog for 20 seconds and walk for 10. The 2:1 ratio has been the proven ratio for high intensity work and recovery periods.
These short burst workouts help improve athletic lung capacity improve metabolism, and improve fat burning post workout!