Author: Nathan Young - 2nd Wind Store Manager, Jordan Creek, IA
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High intensity interval training is growing in popularity with both athletes and novice exercisers.  Often called HIIT, this training is characterized by continuous bursts of high intensity activity followed by lower intense bouts of activity and/or recovery.

Why is this type of training becoming so popular?  You can modify the workouts to fit any fitness level.  You can do the workouts on your favorite cardio equipment like the treadmill, elliptical, or bike.  You can also incorporate this training with whatever exercise activities you enjoy the most.

Busy with the kids and work?  Do you have little time to get a workout in?  You can get a great workout in with only 20 minutes using the HIIT technique.  Studies show you can burn more calories with greater benefits doing HIIT for 20 minutes versus a consistent 60 minute workout.

To start a new HIIT program, break up workout segments to fit your personal exercise level.  If you are a beginner, start with 15-30 seconds of high intensity exercise followed by 1 min of recovery time.  After you start feeling more comfortable with that level, you can jump up to 45 seconds of high intensity followed by the recovery segment.  You can tailor the workout to fit any level.

Studies have shown that high intensity interval training comes with many benefits:

  • Lowered blood pressure
  • A decrease in cholesterol
  • Improved cardiovascular health (heart health)
  • Higher calorie burn
  • Increased metabolism
  • Extended calorie burn after the workout  (6-15% more calorie burn)
If you are tired of doing the same routine every day and you are not seeing the results you want, give your workouts a little kick with some HIIT.

Visit  one of our 2nd Wind Exercise stores to learn more about HIIT training and equipment: