Working out can come across as a complicated concept, can’t it? Think about it. We have to take the time to MAKE time to workout, we have to figure out WHERE to do it, WHICH equipment to use, WHAT to do … it’s no wonder that we can feel overwhelmed and want to skip it all together at times!
But, we don’t have to feel that way!
One of the reasons that I chose to become a fitness professional was that I wanted to simplify life. I was told so many nuggets of information that [many times] went over my head. It almost seemed impossible to see results much less have workouts be effective when I was confused out the gate! It wasn’t until I discovered my love of HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING that I found my jam and was able to workout more effectively and more efficiently!
WHY does HIIT training work?
You work harder in less bursts of time. You’re essentially training yourself to push with harder effort but for less time. Therefore, your body is literally so confused that it’s exerting more effort to remain ‘normal’ and you burn more fat and calories! WIN!
Why DO HIIT training?
Anyone else short on time each day for workouts and everything else we’re trying to fit into the day?
… Come on, raise your hand, friends.
I’ll be posting soon a HIIT IT workout that is one of my favorites to do, but in the meantime let’s keep it simple and get into the mode of embracing this type of training!
1. Remember that the MIND is stronger than the BODY and CAN work harder in less time!
The one shift one has to think about when transitioning into HIIT mode is to remember how strong the MIND is rather than focusing on just the strength of the BODY. When you are working to get your body through shorter bursts of movement with harder effort, it can be a tough adjustment. The tough stuff makes us stronger, though! So, teaching our minds to push us past that comfortable place during a workout is the key to seeing a huge return during HIIT training.
2. Structuring a HIIT workout can be super easy. Like I said, I will be posting a specific workout using some of my go-to exercises, but let’s just break it down in a way that you can do a HIIT workout like NOW. Pick 4 exercises. Do each for 20-45 seconds with limited rest back to back. Rest for a minute in between and go however many rounds you want to do. See how much you sweat. Thank me later.
3. Don’t overthink it, though. You can follow protocols like Tabata (20:10) or use so many seconds on and so many seconds off. The goal is to just work in shorter amounts of seconds with less rest. SUPER SIMPLE.
4. The LESS REST part is an adjustment also. You’re not allowing your heart rate to completely drop to baseline and resting before amping back the energy again. You want to just think of it as a ‘recovery’ before going back to work again.
EASY – PEASY!
The goal is to NOT think that just because you ‘only’ have 30 minutes to workout it means that it’s any sort of limitation on your efforts! You can get in a tough-TOUGH workout in 20-30 minutes, if you PUSH. If you’re willing to do that, then you can be the most efficient person with your workouts and see results even in less time!
What are some of your favorite exercises to do in a circuit?
How do you fit in workouts in limited time each day?
Stay tuned for Part 2 of my two part series on How to HIIT train where I give you some simple exercises to use and build an express workout of your own!