HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) has become immensely popular over the last few years, especially with people constantly on the move. We are always shuffling time between home and the office or school, moving from one place to another quickly. It sometimes seems that we don’t have enough hours in the day to spare for ourselves, let alone get in a meaningful workout.
A HIIT training session, however, consists of fast, high-intensity exercises that push you to near 100% capacity for short durations, sandwiched in between low-intensity rest intervals. It is easily accessible and can use even just bodyweight, with often little to no equipment needed.
HIIT features bursts of intense exercises that bring your heart rate up rapidly, improving your cardiovascular strength and endurance. It also induces the ‘afterburn effect’, as your body continues to burn calories even in a state of rest, similar to weight lifting programs.
HIIT is a great tool used by athletes to prepare themselves physically for competition. However, it’s also an amazing tool for everyday people. For those looking to lose weight as the primary objective of working out, HIIT training offers amazing benefits.
It has the ability to melt fat and burn calories efficiently, even in just a short period of time. Some HIIT workouts are designed to last just 15 minutes, perfect for people on the go.
Today, Evolve Daily shares four ways HIIT can double your weight loss efforts.
1) HIIT is a full-body workout
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HIIT workouts are effective workout tools because of the variance of the workouts included in each session. It’s essentially circuit training, but at a faster, more deliberate pace. HIIT sessions include resistance workouts, cardio exercises, bodyweight exercises, and more. It can sometimes incorporate the use of very light weights or even pull up bars, for example.
Cardio exercises, in particular, push each person to their limit. Because HIIT utilizes the complete body to make compound movements, there isn’t a part of the body that is left unengaged. And because it’s a full-body workout, expect to train and get lean faster as compared to isolation workouts.
In fact, the idea behind circuit training, which HIIT can be a type of, is that you perform a host of varied workouts and compound movements. That is why programs like martial arts incorporate elements of HIIT, because it really develops people into incredible athletes.
Circuit training paired with cardio exercises, coupled with a well-balanced diet, it’s the ultimate recipe for weight loss.
2) It is proven to help you lose weight
HIIT will definitely help you trim down and get in shape. It’s a lot of people’s go-to for weight loss and fitness. As a workout, it’s unquestionable as a great weight loss exercise.
The goal of HIIT is to work you out at 90% capacity, which trains your body to exert effort in anaerobic mode, which in turn transforms you into a more efficient energy producer. The result is that your body’s fat-burning properties increase, and the fat simply melts away.
The best part of it all is that HIIT doesn’t have a fitness requirement. People of varying levels of fitness can ease into it, and see quick but lasting results. Everyone wants to lose weight and reach their fitness goals, some just don’t know where to start or how to go about it. HIIT is a great jump-off point, especially for those who want to trim down fast.
If you’re looking to double your weight loss efforts, then HIIT is the way to go. It has proven to be very effective.
3) It will push you to your limits
Another reason why HIIT is such an effective tool for weight loss is because it will really push you to your physical limits, sometimes even further than you thought possible. Most people are used to working out at a slow and easy pace. HIIT challenges you to push past your mental and physical doubts and allows you to discover what you are capable of.
Furthermore, HIIT exercises are varied and structured. They target specific muscle groups and are challenging on the cardiovascular end too. People also love HIIT because it doesn’t take up too much of their time, but it can still produce a meaningful session. A single HIIT workout can be as short as 15 minutes.
Expect to execute a lot of compound movements as well. One of the biggest reasons why HIIT workouts are so effective, is that it combines multiple movements into a specific exercise. Of course, compound movements also mean more calories burned, therefore doubling the weight loss effects of HIIT training.
4) It’s easy to get into
In Singapore, HIIT training is very easily accessible and easy to get into. Most people in Singapore live a fast-paced life. They are constantly on the move from one place to another and are very efficient with their time. Singapore is a small but efficient country with incredible people.
But that fast-paced life can sometimes be detrimental. People’s schedules are packed, leaving not much room for anything else apart from the regular daily routine. In this sense, it becomes extremely challenging to squeeze a workout in. This is where HIIT comes in handy.
In Singapore, there are a lot of gyms that offer HIIT and many of its elements. One of those places is the martial arts gym. Evolve MMA in Singapore features intense workouts, and incorporates HIIT into the strength and conditioning program.
People who train in disciplines such as boxing, Muay Thai, and mixed martial arts are accustomed to the pace that HIIT requires. It’s performed in every session and is one of the reasons martial artists are so physically fit.
So if you’re looking to double your weight loss efforts and get the most out of each workout, consider HIIT and watch yourself rapidly transform! Sign up for a trial class today!
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