Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training                                            and why it needs to be part of your regular workout routine

High Intensity Interval training (HIIT) describes any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest.

For example, a good basic workout could be doing as many Burpees as you can for 1 minute and then walking around the studio for 2 minutes. Repeat that 3-minute interval five times and you have a solid 15-minute fat blasting workout. It sounds too simple to be effective, but science doesn't stretch the truth.

Super-efficient HIIT is the ideal workout for a busy schedule - whether you want to squeeze in a workout straight after dropping the kids off at school or to get in shape for a fast-approaching event. Research shows you can achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes of interval style training (done three times a week) than the girl jogging on the treadmill for an hour. And according to a 2011 study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, just 2 weeks of high-intensity intervals improves your aerobic capacity as much as 6 to 8 weeks of endurance training.

However this is not a workout you can do while watching the television or chatting with your friend. Because it's so short, you will be working hard the whole time.

But the trade-off is that this format offers a new challenge to those currently disheartened with their ‘old school‘ style of training format while also offering new exercisers a quick way to see results. You may be in pain, you may be sucking back the air, but you definitely won't be bored and the time investment required for you to realise your goals will be significantly reduced.

And here’s the good bit...not only do you burn more calories during HIIT workouts, but the effect of all that intense exertion kicks your body's repair cycle into hyperdrive. That means you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout than you do after, say, a steady-pace run.

Those currently involved in studio group training will know that HIIT is nothing new to us at the studio - groups such as Interval PLUS, BodyBlast and HIIT Boxing, to name a few, have been running for a number of years now and are all designed around the proven scientific principles of High Intensity Interval Training, confirming the benefits of a well structured 30min ‘start to finish’ training session to many.

If you have better things to do with your time than hang around a crowded gym for extended periods of time or endlessly pound the pavement because someone told you “anything less than an hour is fruitless”, check out the studio timetable and book yourself into a HIIT group and start seeing real results for time invested. 

See you in the studio.