Chances are if you’ve been to a gym in the last year, you’ve seen “HIIT” classes advertised or overheard a conversation mentioning HIIT. The acronym HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training, and it has certainly become a popular workout model in the fitness world.
We wanted to provide information about HIIT so that you can determine if you want to give this exercise style a shot. If you do, stop by our 24-hour gym in West Conshohocken to take a HIIT group exercise class today!
What is HIIT training?
While HIIT training can take many forms, the basic principle involves periods of intense workouts (intervals) followed by periods of rest. Typically, these active intervals are between 30 seconds to two minutes, and the following rest is a few seconds.
Examples of a HIIT workout include sprinting for one minute followed by 30 seconds walking, or doing sit-ups for one minute followed by 30 seconds of rest. It doesn’t necessarily matter what the exercise is; rather, the point of HIIT fitness is that you are alternating between activity and rest.
Reading about HIIT training might make it seem like a breeze — all you have to do is exercise for 30 seconds? And then you get to rest? Sign me up!
As soon as you participate in this type of workout, however, you’ll find that the “high intensity” portion of the name really does ring true.
What is the benefit of HIIT training?
As with other forms of popular exercise, there’s usually an underlying scientific reason as to why they’re so prevalent. For HIIT training, the benefit comes from its unique ability to burn fat and increase muscle mass.
After a HIIT workout, you boost your metabolism for up to two days. This means that your 60-minute workout at the local gym can actually pay off for two days. Referred to as “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption” (EPOC) or “afterburn,” your body continues to burn fat long after the fitness class is over.
Where can I participate in a HIIT class?
Our 24-hour gym in West Conshohocken features HIIT classes as part of its weekly group fitness schedule. Far from seeing HIIT as a faddish exercise, we see it as a proven method to help individuals to meet their health and fitness goals.
Personal training also includes HIIT exercises, as it’s a great way to maximize your time during a session. Plus, because HIIT is so time-dependent with the periods of intervals and rest, it is much easier to have a coach keep track of your time.
For group fitness classes and access to a 24-hour gym, become a member at West Conshy Athletic Club today!