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High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) – What You Need To Know

Posted by David Conway on 02-Mar-2018 11:53:04
David Conway

High Intensity Interval Training

Time is precious and can be a rarity for those who are trying to juggle work and home life so trying to keep fit and active can seem like an impossible task. Fear not, we’re here to tell you that you can get fit and stay healthy by training for just 30 minutes….

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a form of training proven to deliver results fast due to the intensity of exercises and minimise the time spent training as you typically only spend 30 minutes training. HIIT is all about working as hard as you can and putting stress on your body for a short period of time, resting, and then repeating. It’s a winning formula that allows you to achieve your maximum training zone repeatedly and this shocks your body into performing at its optimal state.

Steve Tansey, Head of Research and Development for Les Mills UK says: “It is effective at reducing body fat and increasing lean muscle tissue due to a release of the human growth hormone whilst experiencing this workout. You also burn calories for hours after the workout at a higher level due to the vast amounts of oxygen needed during the workout.”

According to Tansey, anyone who can do the workout safely can participate but if you’re pregnant, this is off limits due to the stress applied to the body.

Steve adds: “It’s a challenging form of training and it takes discipline to reach the levels of heart rate in class (85% of heart rate max or above) that elicits the best results. You also need to ensure you are following a scientifically sound and well-planned workout to ensure the right distribution of intensity throughout the body such as Les Mills GRIT.”

If you’re thinking about HIIT training, it’s recommended you do it about three times a week, with time to allow the body to recharge between sessions. Steve says: Your HIIT classes can be mixed in with other forms of training to further enhance the desired fitness or health goals.”

So if you want to get into HIIT training and learning more about group fitness and other health benefits drop us a line at your local 1Life centre.


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