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High-Intensity Interval Training

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  • SHAKEN04
    I am starting a HIIT class in 2 weeks. Currently in a personal fittness challenge class that has some similarities to HIIT but not the intensity level. It is interesting that someone mentioned football players because our instructor played football in college and he is really into to the explosive burst of exercise. Can't wait to start! - 9/28/2012 10:00:23 AM
  • PEACENCARROTS
    I saved this article and thank you Sparkers for the great advice. - 9/28/2012 9:03:11 AM
  • I love HIT and have been able to indulge in it after losing quite a few pounds from my starting weight. I love it so much my hubby has to restrain me from overdoing it; I get a high shortly after I stop. But even with warmups and lots of careful post-exercise stretching, I hurt just about everywhere after every session. Sore, tender muscles, crunchy knees, tight calves and lower back, everything. But I keep doing it! - 9/28/2012 8:46:14 AM
  • POMBIKISAN
    HIIT is the best if you are in good health and able. Ask your Doc first. I like the 8 week HIIT routine. Every 2 weeks you up it

    Week 1-2
    15 seconds: High-Intensity Exercise
    60 seconds: Rest or Low-Intensity Exercise
    Repeat another 10 times, followed by a final 15-second high-intensity blast.

    Week 3-4
    30 seconds: High-Intensity Exercise
    60 seconds: Rest or Low-Intensity Exercise
    Repeat another 10 times, followed by a final 15-second high-intensity blast.

    Week 5-6
    30 seconds: High-Intensity Exercise
    30 seconds: Rest or Low-Intensity Exercise
    Repeat another 10 times, followed by a final 15-second high-intensity blast.

    Week 7-8
    30 seconds: High-Intensity Exercise
    15 seconds: Rest or Low-Intensity Exercise
    Repeat another 10 times, followed by a final 15-second high-intensity blast.

    You will get better results and spend less time working out.

    - 7/19/2012 7:38:12 PM
  • I need to give this a try especialy when I am travelling and not in class! - 6/10/2012 12:36:51 PM
  • I do HIIT on a Concept2 rowing machine 2 times per week for 20 minutes and do a longer less intense row on the other days, mixed with walking outside. - 4/19/2012 2:32:47 AM
  • I have one word. Tabata. :-D - 3/1/2012 10:15:36 AM
  • I find that Interval training is a godsend. I hate working out but I have been doing it 3 times a week for 3 weeks and I have lost inches around my waist and hips. And it makes so much sense. Think about football players or basketball players. They are constantly running and then stopping, running then stopping. They are constantly on the HIIT during games and practice. It also helps with time management for exercise. - 9/8/2011 9:56:32 AM
  • I've been practicing High Intensity Interval Training for 2 years now. I love it. Being in the anaerobic zone is not like anything else. Something other happens in long distance running. This is different. It does wonderful things for the metabolism and one needs less time to practice it than regular cardio. I hanker after life in the anaerobic zone now! - 6/16/2011 3:43:08 PM
  • I do cardio on a treadmill that has an "interval" setting which varies the degree of incline. I walk at 2.5 mph at inclines of 2% up to 6.5%, 3-4 minutes at each incline, dropping to zero between the varying levels. My heart rate builds up to anerobic by the time I am at the highest incline. According to my Polar heart rate monitor, I am burning about 600 calories per 48 minutes. I do like it very much! I am almost 70 and struggling to lose 50 pounds. I am wondering tho, if this counts as HIIT. - 5/3/2011 10:45:33 AM
  • This is a great article. Very informative. Does anyone know if HIIT will ever be added to the Fitness Tracker? - 4/6/2011 10:47:42 AM
  • To JeniferS: yes, elliptical can be used. Just do as you said: increase intensity or your own speed. ALthough higher intensity seems to take me faster into anaerobic zone.
    My work time is 1-2 mins, rest time is usually 2 mins more than the work time. Sweat like a pig :) - 2/17/2011 11:02:04 AM
  • Now I realized that I always work out with HIIT...unless I'm jogging outside. Maybe I can jog/run with HIIT. I like HIIT for several reasons, but mainly because I don't get bored. I have to concentrate to time my intervals and time flies this way!!! - 2/17/2011 10:58:50 AM
  • @SMILEYGIRL70, I've been doing an incredible workout program that has HIIT workouts built into the program. I love it! Message me and I'll tell you all about it! - 2/8/2011 9:13:12 AM
  • SMILEYGIRL70
    I would love some suggestions on what type of movements would be considered "max intensity" and "recovery interval" - I don't have a gym membership nor can I afford one and I don't have a treadmill or other equipment at home besides free weights and a stability ball. In the last 6 months I have been watching my diet and working out at home an average of 6 days a week - doing living-room aerobics to various DVD's and three months ago inclorporated strength/resistance training every other day. I have successfully lost 38 lbs. but am now "stuck" and hear HIIT and interval training would be a great way to get "un-stuck" - I just don't know exactly what to do for max and recovery. Run in place? Jumping jacks? Suggestions for do-it-yourslef moves or good DVD's would be great - I really want to say good-bye to those last ten pounds......!
    - 1/19/2011 4:43:17 PM

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