High-intensity interval training is bound to change your body even if it’s done just once or twice a week. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) fits its name. HIIT is not for the faint of heart, yet, it can be explored at different fitness levels and modifications. For those who are healthy and fit enough to train like an athlete, having HIIT sessions will take your process of enhancing strength and endurance and kick it into a high-gear.
This workout format consists of intense exercise in short bursts followed by recovery periods that will lead you towards completing more work within a shorter exercise period – reminiscent of Tabata. The effects of HIIT are maximizing oxygen consumption, increasing lactate threshold and maximizing aerobic speed and power. This type of training will allow you to perform better in your athletic competitions, sports you play, and in other exercise.
Research has shown that adding HIIT into a weekly training program improves the exercise performance of athletic individuals by 3-4% on average in less than one month. This percentage of improvement continues with the increasing intensity of the training. If you are looking to train like an athlete, then HIIT is for you.
However, if you do not wish to continuously work too hard, it can also take you to a higher training level where you might choose to stay. This is the type of training can be as hard as you make it thanks to modifiable speeds.
HIIT is a good addition to the workout regimen for those who do not really engage in any anaerobic exercises that require short bursts of strength and power – such as with weightlifting. Those who mostly do aerobic exercise would find that incorporating HIIT would train the larger muscle fibers that will increase muscle-mass and alter their physique.
If the look of your physique is important to you, then know that HIIT will tone and build your muscles, and will enhance your agility. It might not build bulky muscles, such as with purely intense weightlifting. So, HIIT will give you more of an athlete’s body.
If you do not have any physical issues barring you from this type of exercise, high-intensity interval training will test your athleticism, will be difficult, challenge you, and (no doubt about it) change your body. HIIT is not for those who are out-of-shape and is not for the faint-of-heart. It is hard. It is intense (hence the name).
Due to its high-intensity, those who train this way must also be sure to give adequate rest and not over-train. I recommend adding HIIT anywhere from 1-3 times a week. Explore the process for yourself and see how it goes.
Have fun and be safe!
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