Discover The Amazing Potential Of High Intensity Interval Training

Perhaps fitness is something you truly desire but have yet to truly achieve. It may be that you want to dedicate yourself to regular, vigorous exercise, but simply cannot find sufficient time in your schedule to spend doing lengthy workout routines. The result might be that you have been left feeling frustrated and disappointed at your inability to succeed in this particular realm of life. Fear not, as there is a great exercise technique that may be just the solution you need.

If spare time is at a premium in your life, but you have the desire to improve your overall fitness, there is no need to abandon hope. High intensity interval training, often shortened simply to HIIT, is an exercise strategy that can produce the results you want in far less time than you may have believed possible. HIIT workouts should not be mistaken for a silver bullet when it comes to boosting fitness, because hard work will still be required. However, this type of program has the ability to facilitate terrific outcomes without eating up all of your free time.

Broken into its simplest definition, HIIT workouts involve abbreviated bursts of exercise at a near-maximum level of effort which are interspersed with periods of rest during which the body has a short time to recover. The repetition of this pattern continues, but for a significantly shorter period of time than a more conventional cardiovascular workout would require.

If this sounds too good to be true, it is important to remember that although a HIT workout requires a great deal less time than the exercise routines you may be used to, the level of exertion required in order to achieve maximum benefits will be noticeably greater. During the high intensity portions of the workout, you really need to be putting forth close to your highest level of effort possible. So', for each of the periods of maximum output, your body will indeed be stressed. But, if the time savings that and achievable through this type of program are worthwhile to you, consider embarking on a HIIT journey of your own.

HIIT workouts are so incredibly effective because of their ability to facilitate calorie and fat burning of just during the workouts themselves, but also well into the hours following such sessions. So, the benefits of these routines continue even after you have stopped exercising. This is a tremendous positive that should not be overlooked. In addition, these kinds of workouts have been shown to halt the muscle loss that frequently accompanies significant weight loss (which is what many people are attempting to accomplish through exercise in the first place).

The bottom line is that as long as your existing level of fitness can support the type of maximum exertion that HIIT sessions require, these workouts can be an incredible tool in your overall fitness plan. It is always smart to consult with your physician before embarking on a HIIT program, but once you get going, you are likely to find that the results are truly remarkable.

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Fast, Efficient Muscle Fitness: High Intensity Strength Training for Bulk or Toning

If you want to create a fitness plan that is highly efficient and maximizes your time at the gym, then in addition to your cardiovascular workouts, you may want to try a more efficient weight training routine.

High Intensity Strength Training involves shorter workout times at higher intensities, allowing you to get in and out of the gym fast, without sacrificing the quality of your workout. The goal is to maximize your workout by adapting the repetitions, the amount of weight lifted, and the length of time that the muscle is exposed to tension.

Typically, you’ll lift heavier weight with fewer repetitions, at a very slow pace. This technique is often called “one to failure”, because the goal is to work the muscle or muscle group during each set almost to the point of total muscle fatigue—meaning if you tried to lift one more time, you probably couldn’t do it.

This type of strength training increases your overall muscle mass, making the muscles stronger, more efficient, and larger. That is to say, it CAN do that, but it doesn’t have to—a good trainer, schooled in the proper method, can devise a workout tailored for a woman who doesn’t want to look “too buff”, but just wants to get some toned muscle definition.

High intensity strength training is extremely effective at fat burning, and can increase your resting metabolic rate, thereby increasing your rate of calorie burn for 24 hours after your workout. It can also be up to four times more efficient than other training methods.

The best part is that this type of training can be done in only fifteen minutes! So even though it can be very tiring, it’s over quickly, and it’s easy to fit into your schedule. This type of training should be done no more than three times per week, and you MUST wait at least 48 before you can do another high intensity strength workout, so that your body has enough time to rest and recover. During the workout, you should be moving from one exercise to the next, without rest, and working out the entire body each session, not just working on the upper or the lower part of the body only.

It is very important to have a personal trainer teach you how to do this type of training, and guide you for each session. Even after weeks of training, you might think “this is easy, I can do this on my own.” But you can end up sabotaging yourself by unwittingly doing each lift too fast to be effective, or by doing too much or too little weight. Plus, since you’re going “one to failure”, it’s extremely important to have someone spotting you, even if you’re working on a weight machine instead of free weights.

Because you need to wait at least 48 hours between your high intensity weightlifting workouts, you may want to consider rounding out your fitness routine by adding in some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) on the days between your strength training workouts. By incorporating both methods, you could take your fitness regimen to a whole new level.

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