"HIIT"

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By Amy Amato, exclusively for Briody Fitness

HIIT may be your answer if you are looking for an exercise routine guaranteed to reduce body fat, increase muscle mass, improve aerobic capacity, agility, strength, speed and recovery time? High Intensity Interval Training is used by coaches, personal trainers, and fitness professionals to get such results.

This training is a form of interval training alternating between cardiovascular (aerobic and anaerobic) drills and active recovery. The goal of interval training is to push beyond your limits (out of your comfort zone) and into an anaerobic zone for a short period of time, less than 30 seconds. Active recovery simply means your body can recover to some extent even though you haven’t entirely stopped exercising.

A typical routine will involve short bursts of “all-out” training followed by periods of low intensity exercise that allow for active recovery, for example, performing 30 seconds of box jumps then 60 seconds of push-ups.

Advantages:

• Your body will burn more calories in a shorter period of time.
• Increases fat burning.
• Improves heart health.
• Improves cardiovascular performance.
• Increases VO2 max, which is the maximum amount of oxygen one can uptake during exercise.
• Results in EPOC, Excess Postexercise Oxygen Consumption. Research has proven that a High intensity routine will elevates one’s metabolism up to 24 hours AFTER the workout!

Since the nature of HIIT is designed to be high intensity, it should not be done on consecutive days. It is recommended to be performed 2-3 times a week and to allow a day of recovery in between.

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