At Gentleman Project we thought that we would bring you a bit more information about some of the most popular health and fitness plans/programmes/regimes/bibles…whatever you need to call them to help them stick! There are a lot to look at so let’s get started with one that seems to have taken the nation by storm over the last 12 months. High-intensity interval training, or as it is more commonly known – HIIT training (it’s just said as “hit” so don’t worry if you think it’s another one you need to learn about).
The biggest thing to know about HIIT, as with any other training programme, is that this is not the answer to why you can’t see your toes if you’re regularly putting the fries away! And, as always, we’re not here to tell you that this is your only option – just some friendly advice and guidance with a few facts thrown in the mix.
HIIT has ‘sold’ so well to the nation because it meets the needs of a 21st-century fitness enthusiast – hard work, results, and all for a small amount of your time compared to other regimes. Short bursts of high-intensity exercise with ‘rest’ periods of steady-state aerobic exercise make up the training. The basic science is that the ‘rest’ periods allow you to get enough oxygen back inside you to survive the next bout of high intensity but that is about it. After the workout your body continues the recovery, burning both stores of both fats and carbohydrates for energy…so you’re working out even when you’re not working out! There has also been a lot of scientific research showing the benefits for things such as preventing heart disease and diabetes.
There are some challenges to HIIT, and these shouldn’t be taken lightly because like we said if you’re not going to commit and you’re going to follow a training session up with a big mac and call it bulking – then this isn’t going to be for you. HIIT hurts…and it is meant to, you push yourself into what is called an anaerobic state – essentially a lack of oxygen. This is the point at which your body looks elsewhere for energy (fat burning) so that’s why HIIT works. It is something that needs to be done regularly to see the benefits, realistically sessions should happen at least 3 times a week. But marry that up with the fact that it can take as little as 10 minutes then you’ll have no issues.
The advantages of HIIT training, aside from the obvious health ones, are huge. Time being the biggest, sessions can be 10 minutes long, they can be 30 minutes long. It all depends on how much you want to do/how much you want the results. Other advantages are that it can be super effective without any equipment and can be done anywhere, so if you haven’t got a gym membership this might be the one for you. If you already have an activity that you enjoy, like running or cycling, then you can incorporate HIIT into your training, sprinting for a period of time, steady-state for a period of time.
We think that it is a pretty good training method to use especially in the busy time we live in. We hope you enjoyed reading about it, more importantly, we hope you enjoy going and getting ripped using HIIT.