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What is HIIT?

If you have spent anytime in and around the fitness world, no doubt you have heard the term HIIT used.


But what is it? How do you do HIIT?


It’s a relatively new thing for no athletes to do. Obviously this sort of training as been around for a long for the likes of Olympic athletes for example.


But it hasn’t been around that long in commercial gyms and having HIIT based classes is something that has really taken off over the last decade.


So lets get super basic. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and is a type of cardio training.


As the name suggests, it is very intense, which also means that it is very short which means that you can get in high intensity training in a short time. Which is perfect for peoples busy modern lives.

Plus, the traditional cardio methods tend to be a bit boring to some people as it can be very repetitive. So the idea of something fast and exciting appeals to a lot of people.


It is also typically promoted as a quick fat burner and will have you burning calories in a few minutes and leave you in a puddle of sweat.


So how do you do a HIIT workout?


HIIT usually consists of very intense short bursts followed by a rest period or active recovery before going back into your short burst.


So this can be done in a kind of sprint style where you would do hard for around 30 seconds max or until you can’t sustain that level of intensity anymore. Then you would have a long period to recover like 3-4 minutes, almost like how you’d recover to go hard again if you are doing strength training.


You can also use your heart rate to determine your rest period.


Another method and possibly the most common, is the interval style of doing a certain amount of rounds with a rest period or active recovery in between. For example, 30secs on 30secs off for 10 rounds.


There is no exact way of doing HIIT but this is a good rule of thumb to base your own HIIT training around.


One of the best things about HIIT is that you can do anything you want. It can be sprints, hitting the punch bag, cycling, push ups and even holding a plank. As long as you can go intense, then you can use it for HIIT.


It doesn’t even have to be the same exercise. You can pick a cou