The American College of Sports Medicine discusses what HIIT is, the benefits of it, and why it has become so popular recently.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has recently become a popular workout routine. This type of training has numerous benefits for the entire population, ranging from athletes to the average person that’s looking to increase their overall fitness. HIIT workouts can improve both your aerobic and anaerobic fitness; they also improve body fat percentage and body weight while still maintaining muscle mass. There are several other health improvements: (blood pressure, cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity, and cholesterol levels), discussed in the full article attached below. It should be noted how time efficient these workouts can be, typically ranging from just 20 minutes to an hour to complete.

HIIT workouts are completely adjustable to the participant’s current fitness level, and can easily be tailored to ensure attainment of their future fitness goals. Like any exercise it is important to complete a thorough warm-up before starting your HIIT routine. You are going to need it, because this routine consists of every exercise being completed at minimum 80%, and up to 95% of your maximal heart rate.  The rest intervals are extremely important, and therefore very specific; an exercise to recovery ratio is used throughout the entirety of the workout.  The common work to rest ratios are 1:1, 2:1, or 1:2, dependent of the exercise.  Each exercise is to be completed for a certain number of sets, or a certain amount of time (commonly about  2-20 minutes).  Try incorporating a HIIT workout at least once a week into your routine, and reap the numerous benefits.

Read the entire HIIT brochure, provided by Len Kravitz, Ph. D., and the American College of Sports Medicine.

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push prowler 20 yards, rest for 30 seconds, repeat for 4 total sets

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