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Why High-Intensity Interval Training Workouts Work

Apr 04, 2017 01:34PM ● By Dia

Gone are the days of spending hours on cardio machines lining the floors of big-box gyms. Self-proclaimed cardio queens work out at their max capacity to reach a certain calorie burn before allowing themselves to be finished with their daily workout. Would you still commit all this time if you knew you could achieve the same results, if not more, with short intervals of the same workout?

High-intensity interval training made its way onto the fitness scene as a hype word in 2014. Per the American College of Sports Medicine, it was one of the top two fitness trends in 2014, and has been gaining momentum ever since due to its measurable results. High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is a technique in which you go all-out for short sets, exerting your max effort to quickly be followed by an active recovery segment or a full recovery.

The advantage HIIT provides the body is an afterburn effect called “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption” (EPOC). This simply means that your workout creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to continuously burn during your recovery segments. As a result, your body will burn more fat and calories than your steady state workout counterparts.

Some other great advantages of high-intensity interval training is increased metabolism for longer stints of time. With minimal equipment needed, the workouts are quick and easy, especially if you are away from your home gym/studio. HIIT workouts lend themselves to body weight exercising and heart-rate focus. Get up, get moving and start burning!


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