When you have a busy, on-the-go lifestyle – it’s easy to put working out at the bottom of the priority list.
But with this fitness routine, there’s no excuse to skip the gym.
Emily Medalen tells us why HIIT is changing the way many people think about working out.
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training.
It’s only been around for a few years – and is known as one of the fitness scene’s biggest fads because of the large amount of good it can do in a short period of time.
Sanford Power is offering these classes, and I went to find out what the hype is all about.
“It’s a perfect fit for a busy lifestyle,” says Chris Rivinius, Strength & Conditioning Specialist.
High intensity interval training is giving athletes a run for their money.
“There’s a love hate relationship. We love them because they’re short, nasty, and sweet, and then you’re done for the day. Hate them because if you do them right, they take a lot of guts,” says Rivinius.
The idea of this fast-paced workout is to get as much done as possible in under 20-30 minutes.
“They’re really fast. You get a lot of work done in a short amount of time,” says Andres Pagan, participant.
“You want to involve as many muscle groups as possible. So today’s workout for instance, lunges with a wall ball, core extremity – muscle coordination movements where you’re just using as many muscle groups as possible to burn as many calories as possible,” says Rivinius.
The reason HIIT workouts are so unique, is because they’re the complete opposite of endurance workouts like running or biking. They require a lot of short bursts of energy, so you can burn calories for long periods of time.
“You typically are burning calories after the workout is over, up to 24 hours later,” says Rivinius.
He says that’s one of the best parts of HIIT – because with slower, steadier workouts, the calorie burning stops as soon as the work out does.
“During the workout it’s very mental – you’re just in your head – one more step. Finish this lap,” says Pagan.
“You’re just going, you’re sweating, you’re working out, and you’re doing it under the guidance of people who know what they’re doing,” says Craig Lambrecht, Executive VP, Sanford Health, and class participant.
HIIT is for people of all ages – the trainers say it’s easy to make each work out compatible with each person.
By the end, they say your body will thank you.
“It flies by. You feel so good at the end, you’re just ready for your day,” says Lambrecht.
“It’s a very satisfying feeling after you’re done,” says Pagan.
But remember, when they say high intensity… they mean it.
“I feel very tired for one thing, and I can’t feel my legs,” says Bryce Eckman, participant.
Rivinius told me that if you do 3 HIIT workouts a week – oftentimes you’ll burn more calories in that week than you would doing a slower activity every single day.
Click the link below to learn more about HIIT at Sanford Power.