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HIIT me baby one more time!

You may have seen lately in the media and press that HIIT training is becoming increasingly popular. According to a recent survey HIIT is fast becoming one of the top fitness trends and it’s up there with bodyweight training. 

So what is HIIT Training?

HIIT is short for High Intensity Interval Training and is a training technique where you train at your optimum level and give it hundred percent of your effort.

This is carried out through quick, intense bursts of exercise. The quick intense bursts of exercise are then followed by short, active or recovery periods and then the whole cycle is repeated at a set duration.

What are the benefits of HIIT Training?

HIIT increases your metabolism. This style of training keeps the heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. The combination of high intensity with interval training leads to EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption) this speeds up your metabolic rate.

Therefore, the good news is that after you complete a training session you will still be burning fat even after you have left the gym. You will burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after this type of workout than you do after a steady-pace run or cardio workout.

Say goodbye to those long boring sessions on the treadmill!

Time efficient and convenient.
HIIT Training is super efficient and is ideal if you have a busy schedule. The workouts can be done anywhere; gym, home, park and even in a hotel room – which makes it an ideal way to exercise if you are travelling or are away on holiday.

HIIT workouts are quick 30 – 20 minutes or less. These shorter workouts are ideal because most of us can integrate these into our lifestyle. You can squeeze in a workout during your lunch break or really step up your training to get in shape for a fast approaching event.

No gym or equipment necessary.
HIIT workouts generally use only your body weight, so it’s not a problem if you have no dumbbells, equipment or access to a gym. The focus of HIIT training is to get your heart rate up and then keeping it there – working at your maximum heart rate. These type of workouts help in muscle building and are excellent for fat loss and to increase calorie burning.

I recommend selecting exercises that utilise and work the majority of muscle groups. Incorporate full body exercises such as; burpees, sprinting, squats, deadlifts, and plyometrics. These will really kick your fat loss into high gear!

Give it a go! Incorporate some HIIT sessions into your weekly training plan and see what difference it makes to your body and achieving your goals!

Now over to you….have you tried HIIT training?


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Dal Dhaliwal is a health and wellbeing expert, educator and special advisor on physical activity. She is also an active professional speaker and TV/ radio presenter. Dal helps entrepreneurs and professionals with their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. She consults and presents for some of the UK's leading businesses and organisations within the wellness, sports and business arena.