You're Not Doing HIIT

cardio fat burning zone fat loss high intensity Jun 17, 2022

I don’t know who needs to hear this but… you’re probably not actually doing HIIT Training⁣⁣⁣

  • ⁣⁣⁣Reverse Lunge with DB Bicep Curl…. Not HIIT⁣⁣⁣
  • Stairmaster Glute Kickbacks….. Still Not HIIT⁣⁣⁣
  • Pulse Squats….. Definitely NOT HIIT⁣⁣⁣

 Actual HIIT Training:⁣⁣⁣

  • 20-second Treadmill Sprints with 60-120 sec rest⁣⁣⁣
  • Airdyne Bike, Rower, Ski Erg Sprints⁣⁣⁣

DB Jump Squats⁣⁣⁣

Low Intensity Steady State

LISS: Low-intensity steady state workouts (long run, incline walking, slow bike ride) can improve the enzymes involved in fat burning, decrease blood pressure, and increase parasympathetic tone to improve recovery. ⁣⁣⁣

Moderate intensity “HIIT workouts”……… gray zone. Intensity is not high enough for a good training stimulus and not low enough for recovery/ aerobic adaptations. This often leads to the classic “I feel like I’m working out really hard and not getting anywhere” ⁣⁣⁣

True HIIT Training can improve power output, resistance to fatigue, aerobic capacity, etc.⁣⁣⁣

Approaches to beginning true HIIT Training

· Threshold work for a few weeks (Ex: minute at 160BPM/ minute at 140BPM)- will increase lactate threshold before beginning HIIT.

· Ramp up the intensity for HIIT (Ex: first HIIT sprint is at 10MPH, second at 10.5MPH, third at 11MPH) this progression will help you not burn out too quickly.

Bottom line: Match your intensity to the desired training adaptation. If you want to do true HIIT pick up that challenging weight, up the speed, and get uncomfortable.

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