High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a workout fave on every fitness journey. Who wouldn't utilize a workout designed to burn the most amount of calories in the least amount of time? But guess what? The majority of folks are going about HIIT exercises all wrong.
The Correct Way To Incorporate HIIT Into Your Fitness Routine
Here's the deal: HIIT wasn't designed to be done every day. I get it, it's not what you want to hear. When HIIT workouts were created, the goal was to perform super-quick cardio routines at maximum effort. If you’re able to slay that level of intensity seven days a week, you’re likely doing it wrong.
Dalton Wong, personal trainer to Jennifer Lawrence (no joke!) and author of The Feel Good Plan: Happier, Healthier, and Slimmer in 15 Minutes a Day says, "true HIIT is like sprinting, and it should make you feel like your gas tank is completely empty." Did you get that? Completely empty. In other words, if you're doing a 20-second sprint in TABATA, you should be on the floor at 21-seconds.
Most people are not pushing themselves as hard as they should during HIIT. Why not? Because it's "I'm gonna die" miserable. If you're able to hit back-to-back HIIT classes you likely didn't go hard enough.
How Often Should I Do HIIT Exercises?
Just how often should you be doing HIIT? The answer will vary for each person, but for most, no more than three times a week. That doesn't mean you're limited to three workout sessions each week. Recovery cardio workouts allow you to switch-up your fitness routine while repairing and soothing tired muscles. Go for a run, bike, strength train, just skip the HIIT.
By all means, continue to utilize HIIT to torch calories and build muscle. We're huge fans of HIIT at AMRAP Life. Just limitHIIT to a few times a week so you can slay the workout, getting the full benefits of the routine.
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