Living Fit: HIIT the gym


Positioned in planks, these athletes engage in one of the many exercises that can be effectively incorporated into high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, workouts. HIIT requires a short period of difficult exercise followed by an even shorter period of rest in order to help you progress faster towards your fitness goals.

Sydney Smith, News Editor

What if you could work out for a shorter amount of time and become closer to your fitness goals at the same time? High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, allows you to do just that. HIIT entails performing more difficult workout moves for shorter increments of time. HIIT workouts are perfect for busy people and for people who are looking to dedicate less of their time to exercise. So if this sounds like you, it may be time to make a change in your fitness regime.

 HIIT workouts are scientifically proven to be more effective than other types of physical activities. Research conducted by Les Mills and many major universities nationwide has revealed that powering through a HIIT workout allows you to tap into your muscle glycogen, which boosts your metabolism. Along with metabolic changes, it reduces your heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar. To perform HIIT, the optimal amount of time for each workout move is around 45 seconds followed by a 15 second resting period. This should be repeated multiple times depending on the desired length of your workout.

 HIIT is convenient for most people, as it does not have to be done using gym equipment. Most recommended HIIT exercises use only bodyweight and can be done easily at home. Some examples of popular moves you can incorporate into your HIIT workout are burpees, jump squats, mountain climbers, jumping lunges, plank jacks, lateral plank walks, plank-to-push-ups, and air squats. However, if none of these appeal to you, there are plenty of intensive bodyweight exercises out there that could be included in a workout tailored to your preferences.

 There are countless benefits of HIIT workouts that are sure to allow you to get the most out of your workouts. Not only do they help you lose fat and gain muscle at a faster rate than other types of workouts, but they increase your metabolic rate for hours after you exercise. They also improve oxygen consumption and help build endurance, meaning you will be enabled to progress with your fitness goals more efficiently. HIIT is great for your heart health and additionally provides new challenges throughout your regular workouts. Junior Maddie Degroodt commented, “If there are so many advantages to a certain type of workout and it takes less time, then it seems like the best option to be honest.”

 If you are looking to get closer to achieving your workout goals, maximize the improvement of your health through exercise, and try a fun, new style of fitness, HIIT workouts are perfect for you. Say goodbye to supersets, and try HIIT workouts!