HIIT Training is a great way to accelerate a persons weight loss goals as well as increase their conditioning level.
HIIT is an abbreviated term for High Intensity Interval Training which is used to express a work out protocol that is set up to pack a lot of calorie burning benefit in a short amount of time. HIIT can be applied to cardiovascular exercises as well as resistance exercises.
“In research, HIIT has been shown to burn adipose tissue more effectively than low-intensity exercise – up to 50% more efficiently.” http://www.musclemedia.com
It has also been shown to speed up your metabolism which helps you burn more calories throughout the day. I would also like to emphasize that like everything else there are advantages and disadvantages to HIIT training.
The positives. “HIIT gets good results over a short period of time,” There’s also evidence that it can improve cardiovascular fitness as well as—if not better than—traditional steady-state endurance training.
The HIIT downsides. Complex weight-lifting movements at maximum effort and in quick succession increase injury risk, Hoolihan says. Also, HIIT is often so intense that overtraining is an easy mistake. Evidence also suggests it’s an ineffective hypertrophy builder for those looking to maximize muscle size, and it has limited impact on explosive power. And finally, while it’s a great endurance training tool, long-distance athletes still have to put in longer efforts at least once every two weeks. http://blog.nasm.org/the-training-edge/hiit-miss-good-good-news-high-intensity-interval-training/
“Tabata training is a version of HIIT based on a 1996 study initially involving Olympic speed-skaters. The study used 20 seconds of ultra-intense exercise (at an intensity of about 170% of VO2max) followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated continuously for 4 minutes (8 cycles).”
“Dr. Izumi Tabata, who founded Tabata training, found that high intensity training improved VO2 max (or your maximal oxygen consumption) by about 14%, while anaerobic capacity improved by 28%. These effects will help you shed those extra pounds of fat, while also building lean muscle.”
HIIT training is another tool in the bag to help a person meet their fitness goals. It is not the end all be all of training protocols but it has proven to be highly effective for accelerated calorie burn and fat loss. It is also an effective way to get intense workouts in minimal time.
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