HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval training. To make it short, it is a kind of workout that is made of intervals when people go fast to make the heart beats faster, followed by recovery time. The ratio is usually 30:30 or 20:30, meaning you go very fast at 100% of your capacities for 30 seconds and then go slower for 30 seconds before repeating. HIIT cardio is apparently very effective and allows you to burn an equal amount of calories in 10 minutes than a 30 minutes regular cardio workout.
- What I thought about HIIT:
I am doing HIIT with the BBG program. I repeat cardio movement twice with a break in between, so it raises up my heartbeats before lowering it down, for a total of 28 minutes. I am also aware of the body HIIT that we can do at home with YouTube coaches. I did it once, I was dead and never did it again. I was supposed to do HIIT with the Kayla Itsines program and I really thought I did (I mean, RPM is HIIT, right?). Basically, I was running on the treadmill for 10 minutes, then stopping for 2 minutes and then running again for 10 minutes. Whoa !
- What HIIT really is:
favorite coach came to help me this week and showed me how to really perform HIIT. And I have to say, it is AMAZING. He told me that we can basically do it on every cardio machine (I will not try on the treadmill though). Basically, the tip is to set a cardio machine to a single level (I did level 10 on the rower which is the maximum and 15 on the elliptical) and I started by doing 30 seconds of it slowly (like I would do if I was not motivated) followed by 30 seconds very intense at my 100%. The coach told me to do that for 10 minutes and if I still had the energy I can do it for another 10 minutes.
I think it is super cool because it breaks the cardio routine and I think it is really fun. We don’t have to go on crazy expensive high-tech machines to do that (like I thought). After 5 minutes I was already dead, my face was between red and purple (
keeping it real here) but I really enjoyed myself. Although, if you want to try that, which I highly encourage, do NOT do it for 35 minutes for the first time, like I did because you feel afterward that you are really lacking energy. HIIT is made so you can burn calories during AND after the workout (when you are just lying in bed watching Netflix, yeah !)
Good luck to you and do let me know which cardio machine you use to perform your HIIT!