HIIT Workouts

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Personal trainers and researchers do say that doing a HIIT session is more effective at burning fat as compared to the long and strenuous cardio sessions. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. This training style is where you work out to your maximum potential during short intervals then you rest for a certain amount of time and repeat. For the best results, 20 minutes is all you need, excluding the warm up and cool down phase.

It is effective at burning more calories after the session as your metabolism is revved up for up to 48 hours, researchers say. Not only does it burn fat more effectively, it also improves endurance and builds strength and lean muscle. I’ve been doing this type of training for the past 6 years and can definitely see and feel the benefits from it. I hate long cardio sessions myself and don’t have time for those!

You don’t need to go to the gym to do this type of training, just the comfort in your home is enough. I would recommend The Body Coach HIIT videos on YouTube. Darebee 30 Day’s of HIIT is also a great programme to use if you prefer having a day to day schedule to follow. There is also a stopwatch on the workouts with the intervals clearly marked. There are many videos out there.

If you prefer going to the gym, any cardio machine will work. Treadmill, rowing, cycling, elliptical etc. I tend to follow this routine:
1. 5 minutes warm up
2. 20 seconds intense exercise/going all out
3. 40 seconds rest or light exercise
Repeat 2 and 3 so the total is 20 minutes excluding the warm up.
4. 5 minutes cool down

Total workout session: 30 minutes.

If I find the 20-40 seconds split easy, I would do 30-30 seconds split instead. I would do this 4-5 times a week. If you’re starting out, start doing it 3 times a week, or every other day or two. Even some of those who have a great fitness regime and are a lot fitter, do it 3 times a week. Listen to your body and you can determine how often you can do it. But never do it everyday.

It’s doable outdoors as well. At a hill, run up at your best then walk back down and repeat for 20 minutes. You can do it between posts, staircases, anywhere. Just as long as you have that short burst of intensity where you go all out, and a resting period.

I always say, you’re doing HIIT wrong if you don’t feel like throwing up at the end of the workout session and not have at least 1 bucket full of sweat. So pleasant right?

Have you done HIIT before?

39 Comments

  1. Stella Olojola
    27th July 2016 / 11:06 pm

    No I haven't but I like the sound of it. Sounds like an intense workout.

  2. 28th July 2016 / 3:03 am

    I did it for a month before, and on my first time, I threw up. Really intense, almost couldn't keep up! But it's definitely a great exercise routine.

  3. Ami Ford
    28th July 2016 / 6:29 am

    HIIT training is my favourite! I used to hate it so much but I absolutely love it now, so quick but intense

    Ami | perksofbeingami

  4. LaaLaa Monroe
    28th July 2016 / 7:36 am

    I love HIIT, I think it's good for those who don't like to exercise because you don't spend so long on one thing too long.

  5. Hannah Clementson
    28th July 2016 / 1:00 pm

    I have done HIIT, I enjoyed it but I have to keep having breaks to take my inhaler. I don't think I breathe enough when I am exercising. lol

  6. Stressed Mum
    28th July 2016 / 1:01 pm

    I have not heard of this, I am keeping fit running around after everyone and walking the dogs at the moment. But will have a look as do need to do something

  7. Harriet from Toby & Roo
    28th July 2016 / 6:48 pm

    I haven't done this myself, but I've heard it's one of the best ways to lose the extra fat! x

  8. Bhushavali N
    28th July 2016 / 7:09 pm

    This sounds interesting. But is it effective enough??!!

  9. Life-As-Mum
    28th July 2016 / 7:15 pm

    I've not heard of HIIT before. Sounds great though, I shall look more into it

  10. Cattitude & Co.
    28th July 2016 / 7:16 pm

    I haven't heard of this method before, looks interesting!

  11. Sarah!
    28th July 2016 / 8:04 pm

    I have heard a lot about HIIT through my friends, but I've never really known much about it. It does sound like the kind of thing I could commit to though!

  12. Charli Bruce
    28th July 2016 / 8:20 pm

    I have never heard of HIIT before, but I love the sound of it! xx

  13. Rhian Westbury
    28th July 2016 / 10:07 pm

    I've done HIIT during metafit classes and while they are super tough I've always found them great exercise x

  14. AMummyToo
    28th July 2016 / 10:32 pm

    I did HIIT recently and I definitely felt like throwing up!

  15. Our Little Organic Life
    28th July 2016 / 11:22 pm

    I haven't done HIIT and it sounds great because it is fast paced, changes quickly and isn't too long…but not sure about all the comments where people say it makes them want to throw up. I don't think I'd like that.

  16. Author TP Keane
    29th July 2016 / 1:41 am

    oh I have plenty of fat to burn, must try this out.

  17. Elizabeth O.
    29th July 2016 / 6:55 am

    I love that you can do it at home, saves time and money and it's perfect for people who doesn't have a lot of time to spare too. It's quite easy, you wouldn't even think it's an intense workout!

  18. Dannii Martin
    29th July 2016 / 7:17 am

    HIIT training is my favourite. It's great for when you don't have a lot of time, but you want a great workout!

  19. Jo Smith
    29th July 2016 / 8:08 am

    My beat mate tracey blogged about hiit a looooong time ago when it wasn't really heard of. Nowadays everyone seems to be loving it/blogging it. It MUST be good, so i should give it a whirl!

    • Jo Smith
      29th July 2016 / 8:09 am

      Best not beat lol

  20. Fernando Lachica
    29th July 2016 / 9:31 am

    Personal ways to tine down your body inside your home is the best ever but sometimes, the motivation erases when something came up differently. Doing workout alone is very hard but for sure, it can give positive result and satisfaction.

  21. ana de jesus
    29th July 2016 / 9:44 am

    First of all I am loving those leggings and secondly I am trying to up my fitness game so this sounds perfect for me x

  22. Hannah Heartss
    29th July 2016 / 10:03 am

    I've never done it before but I do want to give it a try!

  23. Jess | The Indigo Hours
    29th July 2016 / 10:18 am

    I love the idea of HIIT, need to give it a proper try! I did some HIIT pilates and man it's exhausting!

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  24. Caffeinated Reactions
    29th July 2016 / 10:26 am

    I love HIIT sessions. I used to do them at home until my downstairs neighbour complained. Now I've joined the gym

  25. Franc
    29th July 2016 / 12:15 pm

    It's now the age of HIIT workouts since everybody wants to get the job done faster because of the hectic schedules. HIIT workouts are really effective.

  26. 29th July 2016 / 3:49 pm

    I haven't tried HIIT yet but it now piques my interest. I'd probably check out the YouTube videos and see if my body will be able to do and sustain such workout regime.

  27. 29th July 2016 / 7:46 pm

    This sounds really intense but it's nice that there are multiple ways to do it. HIIT sounds like an awesome option.

  28. The London Mum
    29th July 2016 / 8:04 pm

    eeeeek! Sounds hardcore, but a great way to workout.

  29. Fred Hawson
    29th July 2016 / 10:51 pm

    This sounds so intense, I do not know if this type of exercise is for me. This one definitely needs a cardiology clearance before you embark on such a program.

  30. Tanya Brannan
    30th July 2016 / 3:54 pm

    I had never even heard of this programme! Seems like its would be pretty hard work xx

  31. Melanie Ed
    30th July 2016 / 8:02 pm

    It's great that you can do this from the privacy of your own home 😉

  32. Pooja Kawatra
    31st July 2016 / 2:16 am

    I have actually not heard about this programme but it is effective and helps you it must be good.

  33. 31st July 2016 / 7:49 am

    I have and I love it! I know I love it – I need to get back into it though. Holidays and travelling have disrupted my fitness regime.

  34. Tiffany Yong W.T.
    31st July 2016 / 7:38 pm

    HIIT sessions are my favourite form of workouts because they are very efficient. Within a short time I can burn loads of calories!

  35. beautyqueenuk
    31st July 2016 / 7:42 pm

    I havent done a HIIT session in forever and I really need a kick up the ass x

  36. Raine Pal
    1st August 2016 / 1:24 am

    I wonder how it feels to workout with HIIT sessions. I am looking for a work plan that makes me feel good, not just feel good but also have a satisfying result in burning fats.

  37. 2nd August 2016 / 6:26 am

    Heard of it but haven't tried it before. But this sounds easy! I want to try this soon!!

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