Effectiveness For Weight Loss
HIIT is the most effective way to get an AWESOME workout that will make you sweat for sure!
High intensity interval training is what HIIT stands for. This style of exercise has gotten so popular in the fitness industry in the past decade. This form of exercise is a way to get a quick workout, no more than 45 minutes with high intensity to get the best out of it and finish drenched in sweat and fatigue, feeling good and accomplished. It is the most effective way to build cardio and strength at the same time. Instead of working out cardio one day and then strength the other days, you can do it all at once.
Years ago, most fitness professionals believed and told their clients that long sessions of steady state cardio were the secret to fat loss; which worked. Consequently, they asked their clients to run or jog for 45 minutes to an hour outside or on the treadmill. The prevailing idea was that more is better which will help you lose more fat.
But, after long crazy researches and testing, scientists revealed that short, intense sessions of training gave far better results than long training sessions. Since your entire body is moving and working hard for a short period of time with minimal to no rest at all.
If you stopped and think about it, you would realize that no animal in the wild runs continuously for an hour, or even back in the day when humans hunted they weren’t running for a long time. It’s always short and extremely fast bursts to catch the prey, followed by a rest. The lion that chases its prey explodes into action for less than a minute. If it can’t catch the prey, it stops and waits for the next.
The same applies to any other predator. Human is the only animal that runs marathons and subjects himself to long sessions of cardio and later wonders why his joints, tendons, ligaments and so on are giving out.
What makes HIIT so effective?
The answer is EPOC. Wonderful! Another acronym. EPOC stands for excess post-exercise oxygen consumption.
What this means is that when you do a HIIT session, your body goes through an oxygen deficit. It’s similar to taking a huge loan from the bank. It’s going to take you a long time to repay that loan.
In the same vein, when you are panting and gasping for air while working out in a HIIT session, your body will be in fat burning mode for hours after your workout is over, no matter if you fall asleep or stay active. It’s repaying the oxygen deficit. And that is a GOOD thing!
What most people don’t understand:
You don’t burn near as many calories DURING a HIIT workout session as you would if you were to jog for 45 minutes.
For example, if you jogged for 45 minutes, you might burn from 370 to 450 calories, depending on your weight and age and physical activity level. The same person who does a HIIT session may burn only 180 calories within the 15 minutes of training.
However, since his body is in calorie burning mode for 12 to 16 hours after the workout is over, at the end of the day, that person will burn far more than 450 calories overall, even if the workout has been done for hours! (The best part of HIIT workouts)
This is what makes HIIT workouts so powerful. It is a fast intensity workout that will leave your entire body burning fat even after you are entirely done! Isn’t that amazing?! I think YES!
The fat burning benefits of jogging and steady state cardio only last during the workout session and quickly taper off after even if you stay active after the run.
With HIIT workouts, you’re a fat burning machine round the clock for the next 12-16 hours after the workout. This is the reason why people who do HIIT workouts see much faster results when losing weight or even gaining muscle mass.
Benefits of HIIT Workouts
The HIIT workout system increases your stamina greatly. You’d think that the long cardio sessions would do a better job of this, but nope…HIIT sessions forces your body into a state of discomfort.
You’re constantly operating at your VO2 max. This will greatly improve your endurance and cardio as you have trouble breathing while working out.
When doing a HIIT workout, you are doing high repetitions, high intensity, low rests, and lower weight that usual. So, when your body is going through a 30 minute session with no rest and high intensity workout, your whole cardio (endurance) will build up so much faster and you will be able to run for much longer, since your stamina will be far greater than before.
Helps build lean muscle
While HIIT will not make you gain as much muscle as weight training, that is focused on hypertrophy, it does help to build lean muscle because of the full body workouts. So, you can burn fat and build some lean muscle all at the same time.
Earlier I mentioned that HIIT workouts can get some muscle mass. This is what I am talking about; lean muscle mass. Unless you want to be a bodybuilder and want to become bulky. HIIT workouts are a great way to gain lean muscle mass without gaining too much weight or looking much bigger than before. Lean Muscle mass makes you look shredded and you will feel in great shape.
Taps into stubborn fat stores
HIIT workouts will force the body to burn the stubborn belly fat that it loves clinging onto. The body has no choice but to burn fuel because of its energy needs, and HIIT sessions demands a lot of energy!
Fat is stored as energy sources throughout your body but when working out or when first losing weight, you will notice the same spot losing weight first. That is the recent fat stored. Then when you get into working out with HIIT sessions, it will exhaust that area first and when no more fat is available, it will go and look for energy in stubborn areas of stored fat.
This is when you will lose weight in your entire body, since it will be digging for more energy to burn and that is found in fat.
To conclude, HIIT workouts are NOT an easy style of training. It is hard, tiring and most people will dread it. That’s the way it is. You’re going to be in the pain box for 8 to 30 minutes, depending on how long the session is.
However, once you’re done, your body will be burning fat for hours after that. You’ll end up losing more fat, start looking leaner and feeling much better. HIIT is definitely something you should include in your training regimen.
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