Thanks for the comment on my blog and your comment here. The website I'm using, which was recommended by another SP person who commented on a different blog of mine is www.intervaltraining.net/hiit.html I get a daily email from them and my Day 1 email linked me to a bunch of articles for starting out, which I finally got around to reading them yesterday and that's when I read the thing about not using an elliptical. I thought the main goal was getting above your max heart rate (anaerobic zone) and not just the resistance. I also didn't understand that either because my elliptical, which is old and very basic, has different resistant levels, and I don't see as being much different than using a stationary bike.
I do HIIT on elliptical, spin bikes, row machines, etc. I think the idea is to get your heart rate up for a set amount of time (30-60 secs) and to recover for 30-60 seconds. I don't think the mechanism matters.
Now I always use a heart rate monitor and I gauge my exertion with that. My goal is to get to above 85% of my max during the Intense part and to recover back to 60% or so for the resting part.
Good luck and enjoy!
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I love my fitbit and I like seeing how I'm doing throughout the day. I hate that I have a job that keeps me at my desk most of the day and now that I have the fitbit, I really see how little I do throughout the day, which motivates me to do more in the evening. This past weekend I really got to see how I kept improving by being active all weekend. I wish I had one of these when I worked my previous job that had me on my feet most of the day. I would love to see how well I did there. It was evident when I gained 10 pounds in the first couple of weeks at my current job.
I actually thought I could last longer when I started my HIIT workouts. I was doing cardio workouts on my elliptical and was up to running 10 minutes non-stop when I decided to try this. Not that 10 minutes is that great, but I figured 30 seconds of HIIT would be no problem. Yeah right!!!
Great job on the 25lbs since Jan. I too get disappointed when the #s aren't coming off as fast as I would like, but then I remind myself that I'm getting healthier anyway and that's always something to get excited about!
I really like the fitbit! It's a great measure of how active I really was during the day and I like to challenge myself to get more steps and floors climbed (I am super competitive with myself). how do you like yours?
And I did not start at 45-1 min intervals.. I've been HIITing on and off since October, and when I began I was REALLY out of shape. Now I am in really good shape but the weight is coming off slower than I would like (which might be ok, because I feel like I am losing fat and keeping my muscle). Anyway I have lost a ton of inches lately and about 25 lb since January 1st from doing HIIT on the elliptical and outside running.
Valkyria, Thanks! I have just 30 pounds to lose, so I don't really know what that means for me using the elliptical. I'm still figuring out my heart rate monitor that came in the mail yesterday. The one on my elliptical doesn't work, which is obvious when it gives me a reading of 90 when I'm running on it. I'm impressed that your hitting max intensity for 45 sec. - 1 min. I was dying at 20 secs!
By the way, I saw the FitBit was one of your rewards for weight loss. I just got one a couple weeks ago. How do you like it?
I think this depends on the person. Since I have a lot of weight left to lose, Ic an get into my anaerobic zone easily using the elliptical and I love doing HIIT on it (I usually make the interval last until I am at the very top of my anaerobic zone, or just pushing into 99-100% of max heart rate, then slow down... so usually 45 sec -1 min intervals at max intensity).
My advice is to figure out what your heart rate zone limits are, and use a heart rate monitor to figure out if you can get up into your anaerobic zone on your elliptical or not. Good luck!
Hi all! I'm new to this team and new to HIIT workouts. I read an article on SP about HIIT and decided to try it to help me out with my sluggish weight loss the past couple of months. I've been excited with my first few workouts and the results I'm seeing. An SP member suggested a website to me which I'm currently going through articles to educate myself more about HIIT. One of the articles I read suggested NOT using an elliptical for HIIT intervals as it doesn't give enough resistance to get into your anaerobic zone, yet other website I've been to list elliptical machines as a way to do HIIT training at home or in the gym. What is everyone's opinion/experience with elliptical training for HIIT? I do not belong to a gym, nor do I want to join one. And I don't have anywhere to do sprinting, so I was hoping to do this at home on my elliptical, which is what I've been using so far. Any thoughts or advise would be appreciated! Thanks!
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