Portland Personal Trainer | Why Does HIIT Work? | Portland, Oregon

To sum up why HIIT works so well, lets recap: Why does HIIT training work?HIIT lasts 20 minutes or less – resulting in a short workout time nearly anyone can integrate into their lifestyle.HIIT can increase VO2 max for both high intensity and endurance athletes. VO2 max is the max amount of oxygen a person can use and transport during exercise. You want this number to be high because it enables us to use more fat as fuel instead of glucose. Since our fat stores tend to be much higher than glycogen stores, it is preferential to be able to get the highest percentage of fuel from fat during exercise. While sprinting uses a high amount of glycogen because it is such high intensity, the rate at which you change from fat burning to sugar burning is higher in individuals with a higher VO2 max.HIIT increases EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) resulting in an elevated fat loss state for up to 24 hours after you finish your workout – something you won’t get from lower intensity exercise.HIIT trains the body to effectively remove metabolic waste from the muscles between intervals. By quickly removing lactate and other byproducts resulting from high intensity exercise, you enable the body to be primed and ready for another bout of high intensity exercise with less rest.HIIT is one of several ways to boost both testosterone and growth hormone levels. Since these hormones are highly responsible for muscle gain and fat loss, you should be doing all you can to keep levels high.Why not give high-intensity interval training a try. You don’t need to do it every single workout, but maybe do it once a week to start to see how it goes. If you are working with a fitness professional or a Portland personal trainer, ask them about it. But remember, be sure to give yourself a good warm up period to prevent injury, and be sure you have an interval timer to use to keep track of your interval times. You can use an app on your phone, or buy a timer. Good luck! I wish you great fat loss in your future!The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington Street, Suite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241