It is common knowledge that, for weight loss, the implementation of cardio as well as dietary and strength training alterations, are necessary. Typically, the cardiovascular work performed is what’s called “steady state” cardio. This is essentially any cardiovascular activity done for a prolonged amount of time at around the same intensity throughout. For example, running on the treadmill at 6.0mph for 30 minutes. While steady state cardio can help with weight loss, research has shown that HIIT is significantly better with regards to fat burning.
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It is the practice of performing intense work for a short period of time, followed by a short period of active rest. An example would be sprinting for 20-30 seconds, followed by walking for 10-15 seconds. Sounds exhausting, right? Well, a benefit of HIIT cardio is that it can be performed for about 15-20 minutes and have greater calorie burning effects than steady state cardio. Not only will you burn more calories during the session, but there have also been studies proving a lasting burn for up to the next 24 hours after completing the HIIT workout.
Burning more calories in less time is working smarter, not harder. It may be a tougher workout to accomplish, but the results will be well worth it. Furthermore, the metabolic activity that takes place during HIIT will allow the body to draw from fat reserves, if the appropriate heart rate is achieved; approximately 60-70% of your maximum HR.
If you’re still not certain that HIIT is for you, come try a bootcamp class first. Our classes often have a similar routine to a HIIT workout, but will also work your whole body in just an hour. Our bootcamps take place Sundays at 2pm, Wednesdays at 4:30pm, Thursdays at 5:30pm, and Saturdays at 2pm. Feel free to direct any questions to our helpful trainers.