Cardio not cutting it? Try HIIT!
I have had countless people ask why their cardio routines aren’t helping them lose weight effectively!! For those of you who want to tone up, cut down on body fat, and don’t have a lot of time in your schedule for longer workouts, HIIT is the answer. HIIT stands for high intensity interval training, and is based on alternating between periods of extremely high intensity exercise to intervals of low or moderate intensity. It’s my go-to workout on the road!
Many people think that by doing 45 minutes to an hour of “cardio” training (which ends up being watching your favorite show on iTunes while partially working up a sweat) will do the job. The truth is that a shorter, but more intense workout will be way more helpful in overcoming that plateau you have reached in your fitness and weight loss goals. HIIT also won’t cause a loss in muscle mass, which can happen with too much steady state cardio. The basic idea of HIIT is the following:
Start with about a five minute warm up with a comfortable intensity.
30-45 seconds of maximum intensity
1:00-2:00 minutes of recovery
(Repeat 8-15 times)
The times and intensities can be adjusted based on your fitness levels.
For me this is my favorite quick HIIT treadmill workout that I do 3-4 times a week.
9 minutes – 6.5 mi/hr at 0 Incline warm up
60 secs – 9.0 mi/hr at 1.0% incline with 30 second recovery (Repeat 5 times)
30 secs – 9.0 mi/hr at 5% incline with 60 second recovery (Repeat 5 times)
30 secs – 9.0 mi/hr at 8% incline with 90 second recovery (Repeat 3 times)
5 minutes – 3.5 at 0 incline cool down
Total: 35 Minutes
Give this a try, and feel free to adjust your “maximum intensity” and the times. Push yourself!
- WWE Diva, Eve
(Check her out on Stars Earn Stripes!)