Fast and Effective Fitness in 20 Minutes or Less
It is about reaping maximum fitness benefits in the minimum amount of time.
High Intensity Training (HIT) and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is nothing new. It's been around since the 70s, in fact Peter Coe used this method to train his son Sebastian Coe. Many different versions of HIIT have been developed since then, the most popular of which is Tabata named after its creator and based on a 1996 study of Olympic speed-skaters. Now it has been predicted that HIIT will be one of the big trends for 2014 as it moves further into the mainstream. It is no longer just for professional athletes but for regular people like you and me who want to be as fit as possible within a minimum amount of time.
Before embarking on a HIIT programme you should consult your doctor or health practitioner to ensure that it is safe for you.
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High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
HIIT Workout: What It Is And Why It WorksArticle / ByAmy Schlinger
As the name suggests High Intensity Interval Training is about bursts of intense exercise followed by a short recovery period. "This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time." Besides being quick to execute other benefits of HIIT are that it increases your metabolism and does not require equipment.
No equipment? No Worries!Article / ByHannah Williams
This is a website dedicated to HIIT workouts. They post new workouts daily and have an active community to keep you motivated making it a great place to start with HIIT. Many of their workouts do make use of equipment but this one by Hannah Williams, only uses a chair. It includes a short video to demonstrate each of the exercises in the workout.