Let’s talk high intensity interval training

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017
Written by Live Life Get Active
Category: Fitness

We’re sure you’ve heard of High Intensity Interval Training and we’re sure you’ve heard it’s beneficial for you. But you’re also probably scratching your head wondering ‘What is it exactly and HOW does it benefit me?’

High Intensity Interval Training is a popular form of exercise that combines two of the most effective fat-burning workouts: high intensity training and interval training.  And although its know as HIIT its not scary its actually a lot of fun.

Let’s Start With High Intensity Training

High intensity training is a form of continuous resistance exercise characterised by a high level of effort and comparably brief and infrequent workouts. Rather than a slow and steady work out, this method uses maximum effort with minimal time.

In a nutshell, the harder your muscles work, the more oxygen they use. Let’s get the science part out of the way: Your body comes close to something called VO2 max when you train at high intensity, which is the maximum rate of oxygen consumption. Thus, creating the after burn effect. Your body continues to burn fat, with the after burn effect, up to 48 hours after you train.

Basically, you exert your body by working as HARD and as FAST as you can possibly go.

Next Is Interval Training

Interval training is alternating periods of intense effort with periods of moderate to low effort. The science behind this method? You burn more calories than a steady work out, boost your metabolism AND it helps build lean muscle tissue faster than steady training.

By combining these two workout methods, you’ve got the perfect solution to burn fat, create lean muscle and lose weight. With high intensity interval training, you’re creating maximum effort to achieve muscle fatigue and maximum oxygen use in short bursts of exercise. Studies have shown that 27 minutes of high intensity interval training 3x/week, produces the same aerobic improvement as 60 minutes of steady cardio 5x/week.

We know it can be tough trying to keep up with the fast growing trends of the exercise realm, so let us reassure you that this form of exercise is extremely effective for burning more calories in less time. For example; if you train at high intensity for a short burst (let’s say a minute,) then rest for a short burst (20 seconds,) 3 – 5 times over, you’re more likely to continue to burn calories throughout your busy day.

Why Is It So Effective?

High intensity interval training keeps your heart rate up and continues to burn calories long after you finish. While you’re getting the family dinner ready, you’re still burning calories. Your body is still working to burn.

Although a popular method of training, you need to make sure you listen to your body. This method makes it easier to overwork yourself and end up with an injury. Pushing yourself is great, but if you find it difficult to go on, make sure to stop. Remember “Intense” for each of us is different so look for an offering the provides guidance according to your ability. Start slowly and work your way up.

How we can help

At Live Life Get Active our trainers are there to ensure you push to the level your body can take. We have designed our outdoor sessions to maximise your burn yet ensure you also rest after each interval. Whether a beginner or intermediate, we will ensure you gain maximum benefit. We will show you how to perform each exercise and can modify to meet your individual needs. Each week we offer Active Cross Training, Active Boxing and to improve your flexibility and calm your mind we offer Active Yoga.

If you’d like to join us click here to see if there is a community camp near you. Everything we offer is FREE and all equipment is provided and as an added benefit we conduct our sessions in the park so there’s lots of vitamin D too!

Live your life and come and get active, we promise you’ll feel and look amazing in no time at all!

Live Life Get Active is building a fitter, healthier and happier Australia and we want people to have fun along the way. With the help of Local Government and Corporate Australia we provide FREE health, fitness and nutritional education both online and in the parks, suburbs and cities of Australia.