HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (HIIT)
High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT is perfect for busy people who want a fast, but challenging workout that delivers results. It’s no surprise that an annual survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)considered HIIT the number one fitness trend of 2014. The survey predicts it will rank second in 2015. The worldwide survey of over 3,800 fitness professionals describes this type of exercise as alternating short bursts of maximum activity with brief periods of rest or recovery.
Some benefits of high intensity interval training include that it:
- typically takes less than 30 minutes out of your day
- requires minimal equipment
- can be done anywhere – at home, at the gym, or in a park
- burns a lot of calories and fat, even hours after your workout is complete. A 2011 study in the Journal of Obesity found that these type of workouts may be more effective at reducing subcutaneous and abdominal body fat than other types of exercise
- significantly increases both aerobic and anaerobic fitness
Some dangers of high intensity interval training include:
- increased possibility of injury and muscle strain because of the quick movements, such as jumping and sprinting
- the workouts are challenging and may not be appropriate for people who are new to a fitness routine or not physically fit enough to quickly transition from periods of high-intensity to resting periods.
We have a couple of HIIT classes available to members:
METAFIT (Mondays 5.30pm, Wednesdays 7.00pm & Thursday 5.30pm)
HIIT Circuits (Thursday 9.30am)
METAFIT (Tuesdays 7.00pm & Fridays 6.30pm)