High Intensity Interval Training
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is cardiovascular exercise that is characterized by alternating periods of intense anaerobic activity followed by less intense recovery or rest periods. It was first thought that the best way to lean out and preserve muscle was to perform steady state cardio at moderate intensity; however, studies are showing that the fat burning potential of HIIT far outweighs that of steady state cardio.
Steady state cardio can actually put you in a catabolic state if performed for too long. This refers back to the fast and slow twitch muscle fibers. The slow twitch fibers are more commonly associated with endurance style training whereas fast twitch fibers are associated with more intense workout styles like lifting. Performing HIIT will cause your body to repeatedly change its exertion levels which prevents your body entering steady state. Your body will require more energy (calories) to function at this level. An added bonus is that you actually continue to burn calories long after the exercise is completed, since HIIT has been shown to increase metabolism.
A typical HIIT session is about 20 minutes in length, comprising of a warm-up, the interval training, and a cool down. I have seen many different HIIT routines – so you can work with it a little to find a program that suits your needs. Just make sure you follow the basics: slow-FAST-slow. Try to incorporate 7-10 intervals to make it worth your while.
The following are two 20-minute HIIT routines I currently alternate between:
4 minute walk at 3.6
1 minute run at 9.5
1 minute walk at 3.6
3 minute walk at 3.6
4 minute brisk bike
30 seconds as fast as I can
30 seconds slow pace
3 minutes slow bike
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