HIIT training is one of my favorite forms of exercises. I first found out what HIIT was when I was in high school and I immediately got hooked!
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training where there are “alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods”. HIIT sessions can be anywhere between 4-30 minutes which is one of the main reasons why I love it!
HIIT is usually used by those of higher fitness levels, but the exercises can easily be customized to fit each individual. Read more about HIIT here.
I find that HIIT is a great way to kick your workouts up a notch and torch fat!
Here is how I HITT it this week…
I wanted to ride bike and decided to add intervals to increase the intensity.
The following is the workout breakdown:
5-minute warm-up (ride at a moderate speed)
15 rounds (total of 15 minutes) of 40 seconds of high intensity followed by 20 seconds of low intensity
5-minute cool down (ride at a comfortable speed to reduce heart rate)
Total: 25 minutes
*For the high intensity interval I would lift my butt off the seat and for the low intensity I would sit back down.
I included a leg workout as well:
And a leg stretch:
After the intense lower body workout from yesterday, I moved to the upper body today.
The workout can be modified to your particular level by increasing the weight and/or by changing the high intensity intervals to decrease the heart-pumping factor.
I followed with a great upper body stretch from Fitness Blender:
I went bike riding again using the same workout breakdown from Day 1 except I did 25 rounds of the intervals to do a total of 35 minutes with the warm-up and cool down.
I followed with a full body stretch:
We had a wedding to attend to and we were quite busy helping to set up and getting ourselves ready.
The ideal way to have a great time at a wedding and get a workout in the mix is by DANCING!!
Dancing can also be a way to HIIT it with its times of slowing down and then speeding back up.
We danced non-stop from the moment the music started until we called it a night and we had a blast!!
Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Pacheco!!
I would love to hear how you will amp up your workouts.