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What is HIIT training?

Updated on March 6, 2016
HIIT training
HIIT training

HIIT Training

After accumulating the muscle you desired, you still appear to have a layer of extra padding. The excess fat which has resulted from eating too much when you were trying to gain more muscle .

High Intensity Interval Training

You're now thinking you'll have to start an agonizing workout on the cross-trainer or bike to get rid of this extra layer you gained in your quest for that perfect physique. No need to worry, you don't have to got through that kind of training anymore.

When cardio is achieved on a more concentrated level, your body will spend the rest of the day dissipating energy in order to recover from the thrashing it was given earlier. More commonly referred to as EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) this means you absorb more oxygen recovering from the exercise you just did in a normal workout.

You burn up to nine times more fat sitting down later on in the evening than an hour on the treadmill you would do at a more temperate pace. Forcing yourself out of the comfort-zone your used to. If your more inclined to do this you can be assured that you'll spend half the time you usually do, and become considerably leaner.

Advantages

  • Will condense training time.
  • Exercising for a longer period of controlled training, will be your body in a state of decline, reducing muscle mass.
  • There are two types of muscle fibers in your body, fast twitch and slow twitch.

Slow twitch fibers are more adaptable with endurance training. Fast twitch fibers are more in line with more concentrated training.

Muscle tissue tends to adapt to the approriate characteristics. An illustration would be a marathon runner and sprinter. The sprinter is made of fast twitch muscles and carries more muscle mass. The marathon runner has thin slow twitch muscles, making his body lighter, for crossing greater distances.

Changing Your HIIT Routine

Preventing a plateau with HIIT training is important. This kind of training is based around pushing your body so that it will be able to adapt constantly to changes in your training. When your body does start to comply with the routine your working on, any advancement you've made will slow down. Always keep your body guessing. Doing this every eight weeks on a particular HIIT program.

© 2010 Helen Bolam

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