HIIT Fat Burning Workout. When most people think of cardio they think of running on the treadmill, jogging around the neighborhood, biking or swimming. They think of low intensity exercises that generally take up a decent chunk of time if you want to notice results.
Enter HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). This form of exercise is all about exercising right near your maximum intensity level for short bursts. It is a stop-and-go workout that is typically performed over the course of 30-40 minutes. High Intensity Interval Training Routines allow you to burn fat at a rapid pace while you increase your stamina and become stronger all at once.
If running 5 miles after work isn’t for you or if you simply don’t have the time then HIIT might be exactly what you are looking for. The great thing about HIIT is that it can be for anyone from beginners to experts. The variety of workouts and modified versions of workouts enable all levels of athletes to participate and most importantly see results.
HIIT Fat Burning Workout
When you exercise at a high level of intensity you are targeting your speed, power and fast-twitch muscle fibers. Instead of merely just burning calories you are burning fat cells in your body. One advantage about this is that you are still retaining just about all of your body’s muscle mass.
My personal favorite advantage of HIIT cardio that really separates it from other forms of exercise is that it leaves you feeling so exhausted that your body will continue burning calories AFTER you
have finished your workout. This is because your body’s repair cycle is overactive due to all of the intense exertion that you have just put your body through.
No matter how amazing of an athlete you are you should never jump right into HIIT training. It is important that you stretch thoroughly before you begin your workout to prevent injury. This form of exercise can certainly increases your risk of injury because of the constant explosive movements that you are performing in a short period of time.
Once you are finished stretching it is crucial that you do some low intensity running for about 8-10 minutes. Generally, your HIIT workout should not take longer than 30-40 minutes. If you find that you are becoming less fatigued, try increasing the intensity or switching up one of your exercises instead of extending the workout for a longer period of time.
To add more intensity (and weight) to this workout, try using a weight vest. This will not only increase the challenge of this exercise, but it will also add resistance that your body will be forced to adjust to. Ultimately, you will burn more fat and by forcing your body into overdrive, you will continue burning fat even after your workout is complete.
Check out the above pictures for a visual display of some of the exercises that I typically perform. You can also view a highlight clip of myself performing several different burpee variations repetitions on my Youtube Channel:Share