HIIT (high intensity interval training) is definitely one of my favourite types of training. It is a sequence of short intense anaerobic and less intense recovery exercises. And best of all, it’s extremely effective!
These intense exercises are alternated with the recovery periods to create a rather successful fat-burning combination.
VIGOROUS sessions are loosely based on a HIIT format but a more textbook example would be Tabata Training.
Tabata is 20 seconds of intense exercise with a 10 second rest period. This sequence is repeated 8 times for a total of 4 minutes. You can do as many Tabatas as you want to make a workout. It may sound pretty easy in theory, but a 10 second rest feels a lot shorter when you are actually doing it!
There is a stack of reasons why HIIT is good for you! But so that you don’t get bored, I’ll just mention a few below:
HIIT conditions both your anaerobic and aerobic energy systems
HIIT increases the amount of calories you burn in your session as well as after because it increases the amount of time your body needs to recover
If you are short on time you can get a super effective workout in just 20 minutes
You can do it anywhere with no equipment! You just need yourself and some decent willpower to give it your all!
That’s HIIT in a nutshell.