Not a fan of boring cardio? Most people aren’t; they just do it because they think it’s necessary. Step into any gym and watch as dozens of people run and bike to burn off those pesky calories. But what if there was a better way? Does burning calories have to be so mind-numbingly boring? What if there was a way to burn more calories than running or biking for an hour every day?
Well, there is a better way – and it’s called HIIT.
What Is HIIT?
HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is an advanced form of cardio that boasts many benefits. It alternates periods of max-effort work with periods of rest and can last anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes total. Not only is it shorter, it burns more calories than steady state cardio – and it keeps working even after the workout is over. The only catch? You must work as hard as you possibly can during the intervals. That’s a fair trade, right? Less time and better results sound like a win-win. Read on to find out why HIIT is a great choice for those looking to maximize their cardio and get superior results in a fraction of the time.
HIIT Increases Metabolism
Researchers have found that high-intensity interval training can boost the body’s production of human growth hormone by up to 450 percent. More growth hormone translates to more muscle mass, and more muscle mass equals higher metabolism. Not only will you burn more calories during and after the workout, more muscle will help increase your resting metabolic rate so you can burn more calories when you’re doing nothing at all.
No Equipment Necessary
HIIT training doesn’t require anything other than your bodyweight. You can get an amazing workout doing things like air squats, burpees, sprints, lunges, and any number of other bodyweight movements. Even if you don’t have access to a gym, you can still get a great workout, whether outside or in the comfort of your own home.
Maintain Muscle While Losing Fat
Studies have found that traditional, steady state cardio can break down muscle tissue when done for too long. Instead of plodding away on the treadmill or pavement, choosing HIIT training will help preserve the muscle mass you’ve worked so hard to build. HIIT training is also unique in that it causes your body to continue burning calories even after you’ve stopped exercising. That means your body is continuing to break down body fat for up to 24 hours after your training session. Traditional cardio, on the other hand, stops burning calories the moment you step off the treadmill. Let’s just say it’s easy to see who the clear winner is here.
Improve Cardiovascular Health
HIIT training has been shown to improve aerobic capacity almost twice as fast as traditional cardio. In fact, research has shown that two weeks of HIIT training can improve aerobic capacity as much as six to eight weeks of traditional, steady state cardio. HIIT trainers have also demonstrated increased endurance compared to those who only perform steady-state aerobic activity.
With so much research to back this incredible training method, there’s really no reason not to give it a try. Really, what do you have to lose? Oh yeah, body fat. But that’s what you’re going for, right? Shed the body fat with a new HIIT workout each day of the week at PumpFit Club in Fort Lauderdale. Our training sessions are designed to maximize the number of calories you burn. Click here to try a free workout!