Does the spring weather have you daydreaming of lounging by the pool in your new two-piece, but your jam-packed schedule makes it tough to spend a lot of time at the gym?! We’ve got you covered with a super-efficient workout strategy to get you bikini ready for 2018 pool float pics! It’s called HIIT: High Intensity Interval Training.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a workout method consisting of short bursts of high-intensity exercises, followed by shorter periods of rest. This on-off sequence creates a quick, intense workout designed to build muscle and burn calories at the same time.
Why does this work so effectively? HIIT exercises combine muscle-building and high intensity cardio movements, like burpees and medicine ball squats. Building and repairing muscle requires energy in the form of calories, so your body continues working and burning calories even after you’ve left the gym. Combine this with the high intensity cardio, and you’ve got a highly efficient routine that more burns calories (and fat!) in a shorter amount of time than traditional cardio or weightlifting alone. Busy people: rejoice!
A HIIT routine can be anywhere from seconds to minutes per exercise, combined with rest periods of 40-50% of the high intensity timing. A great example is Tabata, a popular HIIT program made up of intervals of 20-second high intensity exercises, followed by 10 seconds of rest, for a total of four minutes. You can find lots of pre-programmed HIIT workouts online, or you can create your own. This makes HIIT a great everyday routine. It’s also perfect for when you’re on the go or limited to a hotel gym with minimal equipment. You can even design a HIIT workout for your bedroom, living room, or even your office cubicle. No excuses!
Here are some exercises you can combine to create your own HIIT routine:
Medicine ball squats
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