The term HIIT is quickly gaining popularity in the exercise world, especially among women. You might recall my post on reviewing the MASH Up Conditioning DVD, which has some focus on HIIT.
HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. HIIT is a form of cardiovascular exercise that includes periods of short, intense anaerobic exercises with less intense recovery periods. These workouts are said to provide improved athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism, and improved fat burning.
There are 4 important factors associated with HIIT exercises:
Plyos are exercises based on having muscles exert maximum force in as short a time as possible, with the goal of increasing both speed and power.
#2: Compound Exercises
These are exercises that require multiple muscles or muscle groups to complete. The more muscles you use for the exercise, the harder you will work for every rep.
#3: High Intensity
For the short intervals that you are working, you are going at 90-100% of your perceived effort.
#4: Allocated Rest
Taking time to recover and let your body regain its composure. Use this time to focus on getting your breathing under control. Allocated rest time is the real trick to being able to push yourself at the right intensity each time.
One of the best parts about it.. HIIT exercises require no equipment, and it doesn't take a huge chunk of your time to complete. The exercises require nothing but yourself!
I am excited to incorporate more HIIT exercises into my regimen this month!
Anyone else a fan of HIIT?