Exercise doesn’t have to take forever. HIIT workouts (high-intensity interval training) are an increasingly popular workout format that allows participants to complete a full-body workout in a relatively short period of time.
What is HIIT? – High-intensity interval training(HIIT) is a type of workout in which brief periods of intense exercise are alternated with low-intensity recovery periods. The high-intensity intervals are designed to raise participants’ heart rates to 80% or more of their maximum heart rate. Low-intensity segments usually focus on building strength.
Why HIIT? Perhaps the biggest advantage of HIIT workouts is the low time commitment. Typically, a HIIT workout will last no more than 30 minutes. This type of workout can be completed in a relatively small amount of space and with minimal (or no!) equipment, making it attainable for those who do not have access to a gym.
HIIT workouts have also been proven to effectively decrease body fat, aid in weight loss, and improve cardiovascular health. High-intensity exercise is not appropriate for everyone, particularly those with pre-existing heart conditions. Check with your doctor before trying high-intensity workouts.
Types of HIIT classes – There are several formats of HIIT workouts. Tabata, which alternates 20 seconds of work with 10 seconds of rest, encourages all-out effort, often raising heartrates beyond the 80% maximum heart rate of a standard HIIT class.
Another HIIT format is circuit training in which participants rotate through a number of stations. These stations frequently alternate cardio segments with strength training.
Take a HIIT class! – Many streaming services offer workout classes, including HIIT. A simple YouTube search will yield dozens of options for trying your first HIIT session. Prefer the atmosphere of a group exercise class? We offer nearly 50 hours a week of group exercise classes, including several HIIT style classes! View the schedule here.