High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT is a very popular style of training as it can be effective for people who are time-poor. You can also perform HIIT style training at home with minimal or no equipment. Many virtual or app based personal trainers use HIIT as the core for their training programs. This article aims to help you decide whether HIIT is right for you.
What is HIIT?
High-Intensity Interval Training or HIIT involves short, very intense bursts of physical activity combined with intervals of quick rests. HIIT is an extremely efficient form of training as you can burn a lot of calories in a relatively short amount of time. Not only that, but you’ll continue to burn calories post-workout as your body uses energy to recover. As a result, HIIT is very effective as a means of losing weight. It can also produce faster gains in endurance levels than steady state cardio training as well as assiting you to build fast twitch muscle.
Equipment is optional which means you can perform High-Intensity Interval Training virtually anywhere. You can also easily modify workouts to suit your personal fitness levels as well as cater to certain medical conditions.
What does a typical HIIT workout look like?
HIIT workouts involve intense work periods performed at 80-95% of your estimated maximum heart rate. In order to get a rough idea of your max heart rate, you can subtract your age from 220. Rest periods are often about the same length as the period of high-intensity activity. This aims at getting your heart rate back down to around 40-50% of the maximum. You should then follow your period of rest with another period of high-intensity activity and then the process repeats. A typical workout will go on like this for around 30-45 mins.
You can perform workouts using various methods of exercise including bodyweight exercises, strength exercises, cycling, walking, swimming, or running. Many gyms in Australia provide high-intensity interval training classes with qualified instructors. They are a great and easy way to get a varied workout using the proper techniques and interval timing.
What are the benefits?
There is a range of potential benefits of using this form of training but you should always check with your doctor before starting a training program to make sure you don’t have any health issues preventing you from benefiting from this type of workout.
- Short workouts for people who are time-poor
- It is an efficient way for you to burn calories in a short period of time. You’ll continue to burn calories post-workout as your body uses energy to recover
- Great for endurance training by keeping your heart rate close to the maximum for a good period of the workout
- HIIT training is extremely flexible and convenient as you don’t need equipment
- Great training method for small to medium-sized groups which can be a lot of fun
- Perfect for a huge range of people with differing fitness levels and ages
- Relatively safe form of training as it doesn’t require the use of heavy weights so is less prone to injury
Where do I find gyms that provide HIIT classes?
A huge number of facilities located all across Australia provide classes or programs that incorporate high-intensity interval training. To find the ones closest to you, enter your address or suburb on our search page and then filter for HIIT. You can also read about CrossFit or Functional Training which are other programs that incorporate many high-intensity interval principles. It’s so easy to suss out gyms that provide HIIT!