If you are really serious about losing weight or improving your overall fitness levels, there is one training technique that you should immediately explore. You may already have heard of it – it’s become quite popular during the last few years. The reason it is so popular is because of its efficiency and effectiveness.
High-intensity interval training (or HIIT for short), is a training technique which gives you a complete, one hundred percent workout. This is done by alternating short, high intense bursts of anaerobic exercise with less intense, but active, recovery periods.
Professional athletes have been using this technique for quite some time now. You can get powerful results a huge benefits from HIIT
Let us look at few of the benefits of HIIT:
It helps increase your metabolism: The combination of high intensity bursts with low intensity recovery intervals results in what is known as EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption). This speeds your metabolic rate. This higher metabolic rate can continue well up to 24 – 48 hours after you have completed your HIIT routine. Think about it what that means. You will continue to burn fat at a high rate even after you have left the gym – much more than you do after a steady-pace jog.
It’s very convenient and super-efficient: HIIT workouts is can be done almost anywhere – whether you are at home, or at the gym. You can even do them in a park or in a hotel room. The other good thing about HIIT is that you don’t even need any equipment to get it done. These workouts usually make use of your body weight. The focus is on pushing your heart rate up and maintaining it at that level. Most of the common exercises like running, cycling, skipping, and rowing work well for HIIT. Plyometric exercises like plyo pushups, box jumps, lunges or bounds also work great with HIIT. However Boxing is one of the sports that works best with HIIT. If you combine boxing moves with HIIT, you can get some pretty impressive results quickly as it gets your heart rate up very fast. According to a 2011 study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, just 2 weeks of high-intensity intervals improves your aerobic capacity as much as 6 to 8 weeks of endurance training.
It will help you burn more calories than most other exercises: The high-intensity of the workout means that your body needs much more oxygen during the workout. This creates a temporary oxygen shortage in your body. Due to this, your body takes in more oxygen during the recovery interval. This Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption or EPOC, as it is commonly known, will help burn more calories and fat than any of your regular aerobic or steady-state workouts. HIIT also helps stimulate production of human growth hormone (HGH) in your body. HGH not only facilitates faster burning of calories but also slows down the aging process. That benefit by itself should motivate you to take up HIIT. Studies have shown that HGH levels can go by up to 450 percent during the 24 hours after an HIIT routine.
It improves your endurance and keeps your heart healthy: Once you start pushing into the anaerobic zone, your body can produce some pretty impressive results. A study conducted in 2006 showed that after 8 weeks of high intensity HIIT workouts, subjects could cycle twice as long as they could before, maintaining the same pace.
It will help you lose weight while improving your muscle mass: Most of your regular weight loss plans lead to some amount of loss of muscle mass as well –whether it is dieting or even cardio. For dieters, the best way to preserve their muscles is through HIIT workouts or weight training. HIIT ensures that most of the weight loss happens through fat loss.
It can be fun and challenging at the same time: Like I mentioned earlier, HIIT is only for people who are serious about achieving their weight loss or fitness goals. This is not for armchair fitness enthusiasts. It will be a short intense circuit and you will be working hard the whole time. But it can also be quite fun, challenging and de-stressing. There is no way you will get bored doing an HIIT circuit. The best part is, the massive benefits that you gain from HIIT over the long run far outweighs the discomfort you experience during the sessions.
If you want the best results from your workouts, I suggest you check out our HIIT Boxing Themed Circuit programme. This programme combines some powerful boxing moves with circuits that are tailor made to suit your specific need and physical condition.
My background as a former competition level boxer, an FMA strength & conditioning coach and a C.H.E.K certified professional trainer has helped me combine some of the best elements from all of these areas and create fitness circuits that give the best results in the shortest possible time.
Our HIIT Boxing Themed Circuit programme is one of the best programmes available for people who are looking to make serious improvements to their physiques. When you work with me on this programme, you will get the maximum benefit out of some of the best fighting techniques while going through a circuit that is not just challenging, but also fun and entertaining.
One thing I can tell you for certain. Taking this programme can really be a transforming experience for you.
So take a look at our HIIT Training programme and make the decision today. Your future self will thank you for it!