Portland Personal Trainer | What Is HIIT Training | Blog 1 of 3

What is HIIT Training?HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. HIIT is an exercise method in which you switch back and forth between short intervals of high intensity exercise, followed by short rest or recovery periods. Studies have shown that HIIT can be effective for both sprinters, endurance athletes and anyone who wants to get in shape fast. And the best part of it is it can be incorporated into just about any type of training whether it be weight training, sprinting, rowing, climbing, or sport specific workouts.The key is to pick exercises that use the majority of muscle groups. Using HIIT for isolation exercises will be ineffective. However, using them for full body exercises like sprinting, squats, dead-lifts, and plyometrics will really kick your fat loss into high gear.Benefits of HIIT TrainingThe benefits of HIIT training are numerous. Probably one of the biggest benefits is that HIIT usually lasts only 20 minutes or less. This enables just about anyone to be able to get in a great workout regardless of their busy schedules. After all, we can all wake up 30 minutes earlier to get in a workout.The best thing is that this short 20 minute workout will probably be one of the toughest you will ever do. By working at close to your maximal heart rate, you will be burning the most calories, and causing the most physiological changes to your body that will be max to fat loss.Not only will you burn fat during your workout, but HIIT training will cause your body too continue to burn fat throughout the rest of the day through EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption). EPOC is the measurable increased rate of oxygen intake following strenuous activity intended to erase the body’s oxygen debt.In order to erase the body’s oxygen debt, fatty acids are released and used as fuel for recovery. This all happens in the time after a workout is complete. You will NOT receive this great benefit simply doing low intensity exercise. You need to be working out in your anaerobic zone at maximal heart rates to really see that added fat loss effect. EPOC has been shown to last for over 24 hours.If you are looking to start a program or and learn more how to incorporate high intensity interval training, contact our Portland personal trainer studio in the Industrial Southeast part of Portland, Oregon.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington Street, Suite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241