Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Exercise .....HIIT

Well...? What did you do on Friday? I did the workout that I posted last Tuesday except...

This was my run! A small part of my driveway... Not 20 yards, but I felt the need to kick it up a notch! It took me about 45 minutes to finish all 3 rounds 3 times! A great way to start the day, don't ya think?

What the heck is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and what does it do for me vs. steady state running/jogging? I want to pass on some exciting news to you! You don't have to exercise as long as you think! However...Of course you know there is always a "however"! Let me refer to this article snip it.

"A May 2001 study in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise compared two groups of women. One group did standard aerobic exercise in the "aerobic zone," while the other group did anaerobic interval training(HIIT).

The HIIT protocol involved two minutes at 97 percent max heart rate followed by three minutes of low intensity activity. The aerobic group exercised at 70 percent of max heart rate. The workout sessions for each group were equal in terms of calories burned: exactly 300 calories. Despite exercising longer and burning the same amount of calories, the aerobic group lost less body fat at the end of the study compared to the interval group.

A similar study also published in the same journal showed that an anaerobic-trained group burned significantly more fat than their aerobically trained counterparts. Not only did the interval group burn more fat during exercise, but they exhibited increased fat burning effects that persisted a full day after the workout.
While the exercise more approach works for some, it fails the vast majority. Attacking hormones with short duration, high intensity exercise offers a clear departure from current weight loss models and may provide the changes you're looking for!"

So the next time you are out for a jog, try sprinting for 2 minutes followed by 3 minutes of recovery for 30 minutes...instead of steady state jogging for an hour! You'll burn more fat during and far after your run. Unless... you just wanted to get out of the house for an hour to clear your mind...then by all means do intervals for 30 minutes and for 30 minutes sit around the corner from your house and reflect on the fat you just burned!!!

"When one approach is not working to reach the desired goal, that's not a reason to abandon the goal. Instead, it is time to devise another approach."------Ralph Marston


  1. After this week of gluttony I really need to HIIT it!

  2. Yep! I want to burn THE MOST I can....too many jelly beans over here :(