HIIT: How to get an intense workout in less than 30 minutes
Amp up your routine with this interval-style session.
Want a quick workout with a great impact? Time to think high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Johnny Pryor, a personal trainer, breaks down the HIIT basics.
1. The Tabata is one of the most popular forms of HIIT.
The exercise was developed by Dr. Izumi Tabata from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Japan. “Tabata found that HIIT increases VO2 Max, testosterone, and burns 6 to 15 percent more calories than conventional exercise,” Pryor says. “It’s also quick and effective time-wise.”
2. Your intensity should be high.
“To achieve the benefits, one must go at 100 percent effort for the time allotted. It’s not for the faint of heart, or someone just looking to get started exercising,” Pryor says.
3. It’s one of the most effective forms of exercise.
“It’s quick and effective,” Proyor explains. Because the intensity is high, you reap benefits in a shorter amount of time. That is why we suggest using it as a quick 30-minute workout (or less!).
4. You don’t necessarily need equipment.
Just a watch to time yourself! Intervals are key for HIIT training.
5. It’s not for everyone.
HIIT shouldn’t be a beginner’s go-to program. As always, talk to your doctor about starting an exercise program.
Looking for easy ways to squeeze in some exercise? Read some ideas here.