The Beginners Guide to HIIT

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The Advantages of a HIIT Routine

For many of us, the idea of doing long, boring cardio sessions is a daunting thought. Luckily, there is an alternative. It’s called High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT for short. It’s a kind of training that will give you a body like those you see above. It involves alternating between periods of low or moderate intensity and periods of extremely high intensity, and you can do it in a fraction of the time of a normal cardio workout. The problem with HIIT is that many people don’t really know where to start. In this post I’m going to share with you what is, in my opinion, the best HIIT routine.

On top of losing fat, HIIT routines have a whole slew of things that it does better than regular cardio:

  • Increases your V02 max much more than steady-state cardio. This means it increases the amount of oxygen your body can take in during exercise. Translation? You’ll be in better shape when you go play ball with the guys.
  • Doesn’t cause you to lose precious muscle mass like traditional steady-state cardio does. When you engage in long, slow cardio sessions, your body can enter a catabolic (or muscle wasting) state. This means your body literally starts to consume its own muscle for energy. This won’t happen during a HIIT training routine.
  • Combined with a slight increase in calories above your maintenance level, HIIT workouts can actually be anabolic, meaning they’ll help you gain muscle. This is certainly something you can’t get from normal cardio.

Of all the slight variations amongst HIIT routines, the one that works this best is the 30 second/90-120 second split. Let’s break it down for you.

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