HIIT – Will you hit it off with this popular training strategy?

Holistic Core Restore® Heat launches next month so I thought it would be good to put the training strategy that the programme uses , HIIT, under the spotlight.

If you’re a member of a gym or watch those fitness videos on YouTube or Instagram, you may well have heard of the term HIIT. But do you know what it is, what HIIT stands for and whether it is a training strategy suitable for you?

What is HIIT?

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and became popular at the beginning of this decade. It is a popular form of interval training that alternates between short bursts of high-intensity exercise with periods of low-intensity rest periods.

Though there is no universal HIIT session duration, these  workouts typically last under 30 minutes, with times varying based on a participant’s current fitness level.

What are the benefits to HIIT training?

For those of you out there that believe more is more when it comes to exercise  you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that HIIT training has all the benefits of endurance training but with only about 10% of the total exercise volume. Its no wonder then that this has become a popular training method for those who are a little time poor.

Aside from time saving, you will see improvements in:

  • cardiovascular health
  • muscle tone
  • cholesterol levels
  • fat burning potential both during and after exercise

‘Fat burning after exercise?!’ Yes, you did read that correctly. So how is this possible? Its possible due to something called EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption). When the body is recovering after exercise, our oxygen consumption is elevated. This is because the body must work to repair any muscle damage and restore cellular function back to pre-exercise levels. This requires energy and so fat stores are broken down to help fuel this.

 

Is HIIT training suitable for me?

HIIT is suitable for most people from those that have not exercised for years through to athletes.

Generally, HIIT is dubbed as an intense workout, and in order to get results, it needs to be. However, the beauty of it is, it can be adapted to an individual’s fitness levels and ability. It does not need to be a high impact workout. You can still do low impact exercises and get results. It’s about the individual working at the speed and intensity suitable for them. As the individual gets fitter and stronger, the level at which they work can increase to.

As mentioned at the beginning on this post, the Holistic Core Restore® Heat programme uses the HIIT training principle. The class is no longer than 45 minutes and uses low impact, pelvic floor friendly exercises. This makes the class ideal for all abilities and is especially good for ladies who have had pelvic floor issues in the past, and are looking for an exercise protocol that works with their needs in mind.

For further details on where Heat classes take place and when, click here.