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EVELYN208 Posts: 203
1/15/12 10:26 P

I'm trying to incorporate the idea into my workout. I jog/run laps of the backyard and when my HR watch tells me I'm below my lower end of my target zone (65%) I use the step to raise my HR to 85% then I jog until it beeps again and rinse and repeat.

It's only 45s - 1m of intense stepping to raise it and it doesn't feel like I'm about to fall over like some of the exercise programs I've tried (today I went for 90m whereas "programs" I usually can only do 20-30m). Because I don't feel bad, I go for longer with a good calorie burned/ minute (or as good as I'm gonna get at my fitness) and so it really is quite efficient for me.

JBUT66 SparkPoints: (2,095)
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1/15/12 10:20 P

If you search the posts here you should find a number of discussions about HIIT workouts. I have started incorporating HIIT and circuit training with weights for a couple of reasons. First, my schedule had become such that I really did not have time for regular hour long workouts. Second, I had reached a level of fitness where just doing the usual wasn't going to help me progress. Running had become fairly easy for me, and I didn't want to just keep adding miles. The only DVDs that challenged me were hour long advanced DVDs that I just didn't have the time or desire to do on a regular basis.

I did a fair amount of reading up on HIIT workouts and purchased Cathe Friedriche's HIIT DVD. Because I am not comfortable going "all out" on the treadmill or elliptical, I used what I learned to develop my own workout. If you have a heart rate monitor and timer, its not hard to do your own workout IF you are willing and able to push yourself hard enough. And, that is a big "IF". HIIT is not just interval training. You must be able to push yourself to the MAX, and believe me when you do, even 30 seconds can feel like a long time LOL!

I do feel that HIIT and the circuit training with weights pushed me past an exercise plateau. If you are up for it, I say give it a try!

EVIEBELL SparkPoints: (7,874)
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1/15/12 9:23 P

I'm also curious about HIIT and would love to hear from people who have tried it.

JACOB_B Posts: 317
1/15/12 9:07 P

BLAIZE I sent you a PM, hope you got it :)

JACOB_B Posts: 317
1/15/12 9:05 P

Thanks. I got about the same info on another site so it's good to see spark people talk about it. I wonder how many people here read about this as I always see people talking about hitting cardio for an hour or so. So I'd love to find people here who have used it, how it has worked for them, and some other questions.

BLAIZE SparkPoints: (8,730)
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1/15/12 9:02 P

I love HIIT workouts! It's all I ever do anymore. Do a couple of tabata's back to back and I'm done in 12 mins. I know it's working because my clothes are falling off me! The scale isn't really moving. I'm just exchanging fat for muscle, and I'm really ok with that! Check out for endless HIIT workouts. :)

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1/15/12 8:38 P

Hi Jacob,

Below is a link to an article Coach Dean wrote on this topic. I hope this helps answer some of your questions.

I wish you well!
Coach Nancy

JACOB_B Posts: 317
1/15/12 8:26 P

I was wondering how many people here have heard about HIIT and have seen good results compared to those who do like the elliptical or bike for 30-60 mins a day. Would love to know the results against each other.

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