HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts are quickly becoming the workout of choice by many, and for a good reason. You can burn roughly the same amount of calories in just 20 minutes of HIIT workouts as you can running on a treadmill for 60 minutes. Time is money now days!!! So what exactly does a HIIT workout look like??
HIIT workouts are typically quick bursts of high intensity workouts followed by a short rest period, then repeating. Quick bursts could be 20 seconds – 3 minutes. Rest periods can be anywhere from 10 seconds – 1 minute. You typically don’t want to let your rest periods exceed 1 minute. Tabata workouts are a great form of HIIT. A quick 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off and repeat. During that 20 seconds you’re giving max effort. You want to be getting your heart rate about 70% – 90% maxed out, then letting it come back down a little during your rest period.
HIIT workouts also boost your metabolism and your body will remain in a metabolic rate for an extended amount of time! This means that your body will still be burning calories for roughly 24 hours after your workout is complete. When you are doing long stretches of endurance training like running on a treadmill for 60 minutes you don’t get that. Once you’re off the treadmill, your body no longer burns calories.
Sounds too good to be true huh?? You can cut your workouts in half, burn more calories, and remain burning calories for up to 24 hours after your workout is complete?? Here’s the tricky part. You must workout as hard as humanly possible during the short bursts of workouts. If you don’t you won’t get the results you’re looking for.
At Roundhouse Fitness, we’ve perfected the HIIT workouts! Besides our 15 minute warm-up at the beginning, our entire class will be 3 minutes on and 1 minute off. That oddly enough is also the same length of the rounds in kickboxing bouts. Weird huh?!?!