High Intensity Interval Training

Everyone is talking about High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) but what exactly is it and how best is it applied into your training routine?

HIIT is a brief period of flat-out exercise done at your maximum intensity then followed by a period of rest. The time for which you apply the high intensity component will vary but usually not for more than 30-60seconds – it doesn’t sound like much but properly applied will be more than enough. The rest period is often the same duration as the maximal burst, so a ratio of 1:1 is applied. Those starting or not too accomplished with HIIT will more likely go for a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio, meaning a longer rest period. The total workout time following this method will not last more than 15-20 minutes - again, it doesn't sound like much but at this intensity will be plenty.

The beauty of HIIT is that it can be applied to a variety of exercises and performed not just in the Gym but outdoors, too. In fact, the HIIT method is perfect to employ in the outdoor setting: A hill in a park, shuttle runs between trees or even burpees or squat jumps on a bench are perfect areas to engage in HIIT.

We at AMR Personal Training have been employing this concept for over 20 years (long before it was known as HIIT!) and the results it yields are impressive to say the least. Per unit of time spent training, the greatest results can be achieved from HIIT. We can show you the best methods to apply and guide your training routines to new levels – try us!

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