What is High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) involves doing very intense work for a very short period of time and then doing a recovery phase and then doing intense work again.

You might do this with something like jumping jacks or rock climbing or jogging on the spot. Some people do it with skipping.

You’re going to work very, very hard for let’s say 30 seconds and then you recover.

You can jog on spot or you can completely just stand and rest and recover for say another minute and then you work hard for 30 seconds and then for a minute you’re resting again and then working hard again for 30 seconds.

Do 5-10 intervals.

It all depends on how much time you have, what your level of fitness is and what you’re trying to achieve.

I recommend when people start off, yes you can actually do longer intervals and not quite so intense.

It all depends on your fitness level.

When you get to a higher fitness level you can go very, very intensely for 15-20 seconds so much that you’re almost fried and then you want to do a longer recovery period and then you go very, very intensely again.

The length of your rest periods and your work periods is going to vary depending on your fitness levels, how much time you have and what you want to achieve with the workout.

HIIT high intensity interval training is actually a really great way of burning fat and it’s more efficient than steady state cardio.

You’re in and out of your workout very, very quickly.

You can also do it at the end of a weight training workout.

So hopefully you’ve enjoyed learning about high intensity interval training.

Ivana Chapman

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Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an adorable 4-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.

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