HIIT training: what is it and how will it improve fitness levels

By | February 6, 2015

HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, is a method of exercising where you alternate between periods of hard, intense anaerobic exercise, and slower recovery periods for a shorter, more efficient workout. The high intensity sections should be done at almost maximum effort, and the recovery should be around 50% effort.

The benefits or HIIT training include:

· Getting you much fitter in a much shorter time period.

· Boost to the metabolism, including maintaining an elevated rate for a longer time after exercising.

HIIT training can be performed by anyone, as you can work out to your own maximum level. As your fitness increases (rapidly with regular training!), your own maximum may increase. It is not a form of exercise to be taken lightly, however, and total beginners, or those with a low level of fitness are probably best to build up a base level before embarking on a more intense routine.