Want the results but short on time? Or want to mix up your training intensity? Get into our new favourite way of working out, HIIT style! We love the challenge of pushing ourselves to our limits whilst knowing that that rest time is not too far away..
What is HIIT?
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It is a form of interval training including cardiovascular exercises which alternate between short periods of intense aerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods.
What are the benefits of HIIT?
HIIT is a very beneficial way of training, producing results at a quicker rate compared to a longer duration of exercise. You can achieve the same results in shorter time but with higher intensity. Less time spent working out with the same results? Excellent.
HIIT is great for;
Working up a sweat and increasing heart rate
Quickly burning calories and body fat
Improving cardiovascular fitness
Increasing blood flow and efficiently oxygenating the body
Building strength and toning the muscles
Incorporating a few of these HIIT moves in your daily workout will help you to stay in shape and keep on top of your game. Check out our Top 5 HIIT favourites below.
You either love them or hate them! Start with a jump from standing. Lower the hands to the ground coming into a plank position, lower through a push up to bring the chest to the ground. Push back up and repeat. To make it harder try adding a tuck jump!
Feel the burn through the glutes and quads! From a standing position bend the knees to jump and land, squat down to a ninety degree knee bend. Regress this exercise by taking out the jump. Progress this exercise by pulsing at the bottom of the squat.
Climb that invisible mountain! From a plank position, hands grounded firmly on the floor, core and glutes engaged to create a straight line from head to heels. In turn bring each knee in towards the chest, you can speed up the pace to make it harder!
Plank to forearm plank
Work on the core and shoulder strength by alternating between these two movements. Starting from a high plank, hands grounded pushing the floor away, weight on to the toes. Knees lifted to make it harder or knees can be on the ground to make it easier. From a high plank, lowering to the right forearm and then the left, before pushing back up to each hand and repeating.
Another one to get those glutes and legs in action. From standing bend the knees to jump and bringing one leg forward, bend through the knees and lower into a lunge position. See if with control you can tap the knee to the ground before using the leg strength to push back up and jump switch so the opposite leg is in front and repeat.
You can try this Yoga inspired full body workout with Corrine. Why not make this the foundation of your workout and add a few extra HIIT elements from above!
Want to give it a go? Check out The Studio Fit Flow for a mix of your HIIT workout followed by Yoga to stretch and lengthen out those muscles that have just worked hard. You can join us every Wednesday morning at 10am for that midweek motivation.
And don’t forget to cool down and stretch! Have a look at our You Tube channel for the perfect post work out stretch