Become a HIIT in the gym…..
So following on from my last post, I thought it would be of benefit to share my new workout regime with you.
It’s fair to say, in the past I have been one of those sporadic gym goers who thought the only aim was to add muscle and try to look as hence as possible. Remember I mentioned wishing to become an Adonis at the end of the first week? Well this is why.
It wasn’t until recently (maybe 6 months) that I decided to sack off the weights and resistance machines and concentrate on body weight and cardiovascular training and I am so thankful I did! The difference in the way you feel, the way you look and the way you notice improvements quickly have certainly shown me that going to the gym doesn’t mean how heavy you can lift! Not only that, it can also mean you can train in the comfort of your own home or somewhere else and not have to worry about paying out for the gym every month and still get results. I however choose to pay the membership because my gym of choice offers me more than just an area to train or classes to take part in. I enjoy the social element of it alongside the occasional swim or steam room and Jacuzzi session.
So, what is HIIT? Well it stands for High Intensity Interval Training and to be honest isn’t quite as scary as it sounds. Yes its intensive as the name suggests but like anything, the more you put in the more you get out.
The basis of the movements are to increase the heart rate which enables you to burn those stored fat cells quickly and create a calorie deficit. This coupled with a well organised meal plan will shift those pounds quickly and get you on your way to those health goals you set yourself. (I will be sharing about meal planning later)
As an example of the training – if you like the treadmill or running outside, you would start off at a gentle jog and then do bursts of speed for 20/ 30 secs before returning to that gentle jog again. This would raise your heart rate up quickly and after repeating this 5-10 times you will be feeling it for sure. Another example might be the exercise bike – the same principles as with the jog but instead you’re on a bike. Peddle gently for 30 seconds, sprint for 30 seconds. Continue this for 10 occasions and be careful when you get off the bike!
Do this 4-5 times per week for 20 mins at a time and BOOM you’ll be well on your way! No excuses, we can all find 20 mins in our day.
Like the sound of it? Why not look into it further? There are tonnes of example moves, exercises and routines available out there for you to use so simple google it and away you go.
Good luck and remember – you get out what you put in!
For those of you with experience of HIIT Feel free to share your moves – I am always keen to learn new ones.