4 Benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT)
High Intensity Interval Training sessions (otherwise referred to as HIIT) are short sharp intense workouts of between 4 and 20 minutes that have been known to improve glucose metabolism and increase the body’s ability to burn fat.
It’s not surprising then that more and more people are turning to HIIT methods of training over regular endurance based fitness workouts.
Our HIIT classes are based on the Tabata Method as explained further in a previous article.
Firstly for those of you who are new to this method of fitness training, in a nutshell Tabata training consists of a warm up period of exercise, followed by 8 repetitions of high intensity exercise, and ending with a period of cool down exercise. The idea is that the main part of the workout is performed at maximum effort.
So why should you incorporate Tabata training sessions (HIIT) into your regular workout routine?
Read on for my top 5 reasons:
1. Burn more fat
Due to the nature of this type of exercise, where it’s required that you give 100% throughout each intensive section (although that will vary depending on the fitness level you start from) your body goes into serious fat burning mode, as it has to get its energy from somewhere. This fat burning state doesn’t just last for the duration of your workout, but for up to 24 hours after, meaning you continue burning fat (and calories) than if you had jogged for an hour on the treadmill.
2. Increase metabolism
Not only will you burn more fat doing high intensity interval training sessions, you will stimulate the production of human growth hormone (HGH). Studies have shown this could be up to 450% during the 24 hours after exercising. Basically this means that not only with you increase your caloric burn but you’ll slow down the aging process as well. If that’s not great news and a reason to start a Tabata class, then I don’t know what is!
3. Get a healthier heart
The Tabata method for training means that not only do you improve your aerobic fitness but also you increase your anaerobic state, this is something you don’t come remotely close to during regular endurance based workouts. What this means to you is that instead of being able to run for an hour at the same pace, you could potentially run for 2 hours at that same pace without feeling any different.
4. Do it anywhere, no equipment needed
There’s no excuse to miss a workout! You can do Tabata from anywhere – in the office, at home, on holiday, staying in a hotel on business, wherever you are, you can bring Tabata with you. And you don’t even need any equipment – the perfect workout! Not only that, but because a Tabata workout lasts less than 20 minutes you’ll never feel pressed for time.
If you’re still not sure of how this method can be so effective, please check out our workout video wall, or contact us and one of our team would be happy to talk you through an outline of what our classes entail.