Since 2014, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has ranked in the top five fitness trends (not fads) in a worldwide survey organized by the American College of Sports Medicine. If HIIT has been sticking around at the top of the charts for that long, people like it. And it must be effective.
So why is HIIT so popular?
A HIIT workout includes repeated intervals that are high intensity, but a short duration. The high-intensity intervals alternate with lower intensity intervals of active recovery. Basically, you do a short burst of exercise, like sprinting or burpees, and then rest before starting the next burst. You know you’re on the right track when your heart rate is elevated, and you’re out of breath.
HIIT workouts are effective and efficient ways of training. However, one of the most significant benefits of HIIT workouts is convenience.
HIIT workouts require little to no equipment. Most movements are aerobic bodyweight exercises.
You can do a HIIT workout pretty much anywhere. Indoors or outside, in a group or by yourself.
HIIT workouts are intentionally designed to last a shorter period. So rather than setting aside time to run or go to the gym for an hour, you can get in a good workout in 30 minutes or less.
HIIT workouts can be intense, but at the same time, the workout can be modified to suit any fitness level. However, like any new fitness program, it is recommended that you get an okay by your doctor before beginning. Also, pay attention to your body. If you’re not careful with how quickly you ramp up your training, you can be at an increased risk for an injury. Start smart and modify as needed.
Peak! offers HIIT workouts for all fitness levels. To get started and try a class yourself, contact us today.