People are always looking for quicker, more effective answers to the age old question of how to lose weight and HIIT is one of the methods which has sprung into the limelight over the last decade. Many trainers recommend high intensity interval training as their ‘secret weapon’ against fat loss and today we shall look at it with you.
While there are many different variations of HIIT out there to suit different goals or sport specific performance targets, the majority of gym goers primarily look at this method as a way to burn body fat so today we will explain the benefits for you.
We will also show you a few additional tips which will help you enhance your experience with this training method, such as the benefits of a god diet and hydration. Make no mistake about it, if you are able to take your HIIT routine seriously you’ll find it to be a great asset.
We know far more about exercise than we did two or three decades ago. As a result, we are regularly discovering methods which are more effective than what came before them and making results far easier to come by than they used to be in the past.
This also acts as a double edged sword, of course, and quite often people can feel a little overwhelmed at the sheer volume of information and different methods at their fingertips. So today we aim to clear some of that unnecessary confusion for you.
And so we get to the burning question. When we compare high intensity interval training to the old fashioned method of regular steady state cardiovascular exercise, does it come out on top?
You don’t become one of the most popular training principles in sports without having a large body of scientific proof to back yourself up and HIIT has just that. Before being adopted by the masses it was considered by many top sports coaches as their secret weapon in sports specific performance and science shows the benefits of this training style are superior to regular cardio in many ways.
Interval training requires you to split your workout between bouts of moderate and high intensity work and there are a number of different time splits you can adopt, most of which will still yield good results for you. But which is superior?
There are several ways you can play this but recent research lends to the idea that your recovery periods should be longer than your bursts of energy. Many people train with a 50/50 approach but a study from Canada discovered that results were greatly improved when test subjects performed three thirty minute sessions each week with a split of four minutes to thirty seconds.
You could be looking at those results now and thinking to yourself that four minutes of recovery time between bursts seems like quite a lot. Those four minutes allow you to hit each bout of intensity with your maximum effort, therefore resulting in superior workouts.
Of course, exercise itself is only part of the deal. You will need to follow a few others pointers such as a good diet, sufficient recovery time between sessions and regular hydration, all of which are covered in today’s video session for you.
Most people don’t know how to lose weight simply because they can’t find the facts in the sea of information in front of them. It’s easy to get lost. HIIT is a very effective form of exercise for burning unwanted body fat and now that you know the optimal levels we recommend you give it a try the next time you visit the gym.
About the writer: Russ Howe PTI is a fitness coach who teaches people how to lose weight each day in the gym. View his walkthrough to high intensity intervals with his what is hiit walkthrough and build your best body.