By: Go Green

High-Intensity Interval Training has taken over the fitness industry but what exactly is it and how does your body benefit from it?

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can be described as a workout that alternates fixed periods of intense exercise with fixed rest that allows the body to recover, enabling sustained intensity.  Maintaining high levels of intensity have proven to be very beneficial.

High-intensity workouts tend to burn more calories than traditional workouts, especially after the workout.  The body will use more energy post workout to restore the body to pre workout levels, thus adding 6 to 15% more calories to overall workout energy expenditure.  Who doesn’t want to maintain hard earned muscle and lose fat simultaneously, while also slowing down the aging process inside and out with the increased production of human growth hormones?

Looking to make more progress in a 15-20 minute period than one who spends an hour on cardio equipment?  In 2011 The American College of Sports Medicine performed a study that revealed, the improved aerobic capacity from just 2 weeks of high-intensity interval training equates to 6 to 8 weeks of endurance training.  How about that for efficiency and big time results?  HIIT will be a big switch from your current style of training.  Just remember, if it does not challenge you, it will not change you.