I didn't spell HIIT wrong in the title. Have you heard of HIIT before? I've been wanting to write a post about this for about a week, because the term and workouts have been popping up everywhere in workout blogs in the last few months. I didn't really get it until I started doing them with the Tone It Up girls.
The purpose of this post isn't to talk about the TIU girls, but if you don't know who they are, click above. They're super inspirational and really know what they're doing.
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, and doing HIIT workouts increase metabolism and improve your body's athletic condition and ability to burn fat. *Yes, I said that it increases fat burning. In fact, your body continues to burn calories and fat long after HIIT workouts.
The other thing about HIIT workouts that make them fantastic is that they don't take long to complete. If you're of the mentality that you don't mind working hard but you don't want to work long, these are for you.
HIIT workouts generally last 15-30 minutes depending on what you're doing, and there's a 2:1 or 1:2 ratio of super hard anaerobic activity to active recovery. Sound complicated? It's not.
Here's an example from the Self Magazine Drop 10 Challenge that these girls are the trainers for
And between the Tone It Up girls, Blonde Ponytail, and another recent find, Fit Fab Cities (I linked to a Tabata video she recently posted), that should really get you started if it's something you're interested in.
These workouts are great because you'll really get a lot of bang for your buck. While I always like to think I'm burning calories, I've recently started to also want to make sure I'm burning fat while I'm working out too. I can tell that these Tabata HIIT workouts are working for me since I started them a few weeks ago.
And to go along with the HIIT, I've recently been adding circuit training to my workout regime. I'm trying to get away from the mentality of "I'm a runner so I run" and into the mentality of "I want to be in the best overall shape for all parts of my body".
I started with this circuit from the Tone It Up girls. I've been trying to do it 2-3 times per week with all my other stuff. They recommend to do each one 12 times and to do the whole circuit twice.
And if you don't belong to a gym or have a weight set but want to give it a try, grab two water bottles or soup cans and use those for the three exercises that require weights. I was super sore the first time I did it, but as I've continued I've seen improvement already!
Have you done HIIT before or circuit workouts? Any places you look for these workouts that I didn't mention? I'd love to add to my list of places to go to get ideas.