HIIT Cardio: High Intensity Interval Training for Fat Loss

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What is HIIT?

HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, is a form of HiiT Cardio similar to traditional forms of long, cycling cardio sessions.

A typical HIIT Cardio workout consists of short bursts of super intense training followed by longer periods of lower intensity work which allows your body to partially recover from the super exertion during the high intensity parts.

What does a typical HIIT session look like?

A typical HIIT workout starts up with a light warm-up session. You may start with skipping rope, punching a bag, or doing some jumping jacks. Admit it, you probably have not done jumping jacks since grade school. They’re actually a surprisingly good workout.

For the actual workout, you can perform any exercise you want for the high intensity portion. Here are a few ideas:

• All-Out Sprints
• High Intensity Cycling
• Jumping Rope as Fast as You Can
• Punching a Bag as Quickly as Possible While Maintaining Good Form
• Running on a Treadmill at a Fast Pace
• Intense Elliptical Pace

Basically anything you can do to get your heart-rate up quickly and your blood flowing can work for HIIT. You do not need to do it for long, but you do want to make it intense.

The most common HIIT workout that people normally do is all-out sprinting for 20 seconds or so followed by up to a minute of much slower jogging or even walking during the recovery phase.

What are the advantages of HIIT?

HIIT is a great tool for fat loss.

You burn more calories during the session itself than you would during slow cardio, and research shows that your metabolism is boosted for up to 24 hours after your HIIT session. That means you are burning even more calories post-workout.

What are some of the disadvantages of HIIT?

HIIT is very intense and can require a great deal of time to recover from the workouts. It’s not uncommon to be able to do no more than two or three HIIT sessions per week. Your body needs time to recover from the intensity of the training and you should allow your body to recover fully before starting a new HIIT session.

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Source by Richard Silvers