I'll say it again....HIIT me up!
Not everyone's a fan of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Some have never tried it, some may be scared of it, and some simply have other preferences for cardio. And that's okay.
Myself? It's totally changed my game as a runner and as an athlete.
As the name implies, there's some intensity involved. But, there's also some intervals (for recovery). The good news is, due to the intensity, most workouts are less than 30 minutes (typically, one's form suffers the longer they're at it). The bad news is that you will work hard during those 30 (or less) minutes. If you're big on energy, and short on time, a HIIT workout is a great fitness option.
Here's the latest, a Little Bit of Everything HIIT Workout:
*5 stair flights (double-stepped)
*20 sets of mountain-climbers
*20 plank jacks
*10 jump squats
*50 rope jumps
*1-minute wall sit
***Complete four sets (with 20-30 second recovery between each circuit)***
When I write up a HIIT workout, I have a few favorite go-to's that I usually feature. These include stair climbs, burpees, jump squats, and (my newest obsession) jump-roping. Other favorites are mountain climbers, plank jacks, jumping jacks and split-jumps. I also include a couple of low-impact exercises, to act as recovery intervals. These are usually push-ups (done on a slight incline, to make them less intense), triceps dips, or wall sits. I usually take a 20-30 second break in between circuits as well. The recovery intervals (and breaks) are necessary since the other moves are done with max effort.
As mentioned, I have a few favorite exercises that I tend to use repeatedly. I try to mix up the sequence of moves, and number of reps, to keep the workouts fresh. Often times, I sneak in a few strength moves (usually upper-body, since the bulk of my usual HIIT moves are more lower-body focused) to vary the muscle groups.
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What do you think? Have you done HIIT before? Care to give the Little Bit of Everything HIIT Workout a try?