The importance of High Intensity Training
Recently I’ve had lot of clients ask me questions like:
- Why is high intensity training trending at the moment?
- If I splurge on junk food, how much longer do I need to exercise for?
Unlike the usual steady state training that requires you to do one activity for an extended period of time, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is composed of doing various vigorous and all-out effort activities at a time.
You will do one highly intense activity for a short period, immediately followed by a period of rest. The whole training should not exceed twenty minutes, and can be integrated with use of unconventional materials like ropes, sleds, and barbells.
Doing 20-minute exercise may seem easy, but with high-intensity training, you are required to put all your effort and push your strength limit to the core to reap its benefits.
Because of the effort and strength needed, high-intensity training is not advisable for beginners and can only be done 2 to 3 days a week maximum.
Why is High Intensity Training better than Steady State Training?
There are a lot of reasons why many fitness professionals think that high-intensity training is a much better choice for a fitness program. First off, it is done in less than 20 minutes. Not only does it translate to lesser gym time, but it also saves the muscles and joints from being stressed out.
This means that you are lesser prone to injuries,
and your muscles/tissues are less likely to breakdown. I’ve found as I’ve gotten older that HIIT training is in fact better for my body from a longevity point of view. Aside from that, you actually burn more calories as high-intensity training elevates the metabolism for up to 48hrs after the session has finished.
This means you are still burning calories long after the workout has finished. In addition, people also have noticed an increase in their energy levels since this type of training stimulates the energy factories. This means your body becomes more capable of using fat as a source of energy.
With all these reasons, it is no wonder why HIIT is such a great addition to your total fitness regime. Expect to see this style of training a lot in our weekly boot camp sessions in 2016!