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What is this HIIT Training all about anyway? by Patricia

HITT stands for high-intensity interval training and it’s becoming more and more popular with fitness classes and personal trainers as it is good for burning more calories and fat in less time. So how do you do it? Basically you perform intense bursts of exercises with an all-out effort, then you have short recovery periods of less intense activity to keep your heart rate and respiration both jacked up so that you burn more fat for fuel.

People like it because it feels like you worked out! The intensity makes you feel like you really did a great workout and can be proud of yourself for going through it. It also feels like you got more bang for your buck since you got a great sweat working in 30 minutes or less. It’s great for those trying to lose weight, relieve stress or short on time.

The down side is that you know that it is going to be hard, exhausting and challenging. Therefore, it takes dedication and hard core motivation to do it on your own. If you know that the workout is going to be draining and challenging then you might be less likely to do now, you may tell yourself that tomorrow is a better day for this. We all know how tomorrow becomes next week or next month. You might need a coach, personal trainer or accountability partner to keep you committed to doing it and not taking it easy on yourself. Don’t feel bad, we all need to a push sometimes. As a personal trainer, I know many clients wouldn’t push themselves if they were left to workout alone. Maybe it’s human nature but we will do for others more than we will do for ourselves.

Overall, HITT is another strategy in your workout arsenal. It has it’s place and can be used quite a lot but there are times when a slow and steady workout is best or a focus on flexibility, max strength or muscle building is more appropriate. Variety is the spice of life and good to keep our body adaptable to whatever life throws at us.

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