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Why High Intensity Interval Training is appealing to the masses

5916407350_2ab153f8db_nIf you haven’t heard of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) yet, then I gotta ask – where have you been for the last 6 months?

It’s the latest craze that’s sweeping the nations.

Why? Because it seems that no-one has the time to spend an hour or 2 at the gym 3 times a week anymore, but we still all want to look and feel great.

So instead, HIIT sessions pack the maximum amount of punch into the smallest time-frame for us to achieve our fitness goals.

Sounds great, doesn’t it!

Actually it is. But it does come with a lot of sweat, some tears and a whole heap of effort.

The science behind it is instead of burning say 200 calories jogging for an hour, you can burn around 400 calories doing HIIT in half the time. With around half of those being from your fat store. So by doing HIIT you have better chances of burning fat than in many other ‘normal’ fitness regimes.

Not only that, but HIIT sessions are proven to continue working long after the session has ended.

Huh?

Well according to studies, because of the significant rise in resting metabolic rate as a result of the HIIT session, the body can continue to expend fat for up to 24 hours after you’ve stopped working out.

So basically, if you want to lose weight and get in shape quickly, HIIT is the pretty much the most effective way to do it.

And that is why it is appealing to the masses.

There are many forms of HIIT. You can head into most gyms nowadays and it’s pretty much guaranteed they’ll have some form of HIIT class running. Bootcamps and military camps offer the same – albeit you’ll get a little muddier at this time of year!

Tabata is another form of HIIT. You can read all about Tabata in one of our earlier articles: What is the Tabata Training Method, and find out some of the benefits in another article here.

What we love about Tabata is that you can literally do it from anywhere, even if you have limited space and without the need for any equipment.

It is quite simply the ultimate fitness regime.

The type of exercises you could do in a 4 minute Tabata workout are:

  • Squats
  • Press-ups
  • Sit-ups
  • Burpees

Although you can pretty much do a combination of any body-weight exercises.

If you haven’t tried it yet, why not start 2014 doing a training session that will help get you in the best physical shape of your life?

Join hundreds of our members and take part in our Tabata sessions 3 times a week.

See you there!

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