You’ve heard us talk about HIIT and have even seen our extremely popular and effective programs, HIIT MAX and HIIT MAX II. Perhaps you are even one of the thousands of Elite members, who enjoy free workouts and recipes every month.

We all know that HIIT works, but do you really know what HIIT is and why it works?

HIIT is extremely effective, whether you are trying to lose fat or are already fit and want to tone your muscles.

Traditional cardio is often tedious, but we are told to do it to get your heart rate up, but who has time to spend hours on the treadmill? HIIT is how you get your heart rate up without turning to hours of traditional cardio.

In this blog, you’ll learn:

  • What HIIT really is
  • Top benefits of doing HIIT cardio
  • How to add HIIT to your life
  • PLUS! A HIIT workout for you to try at home!

What is HIIT? 

HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a type cardiovascular exercise where you alternate between short periods of high-intensity anaerobic exercise with periods of rest. These routines typically last between 20-30 minutes per session.

This type of exercise is especially effective for improving muscle and bone mass, but it also helps you burn more fat by increasing your metabolic rate. By using HIIT, you can effectively burn fat for hours after you have finished your workout, meaning it continues to work, even after you have stopped (1, 2, 3).

Studies have shown time and time again that HIIT is more effective at burning fat than most other types of exercise (4, 5, 6).

One study published in the journal Metabolism studied the effect of HIIT with ET, or endurance training. They found that, despite lower energy cost, the HIIT program induced a more pronounced reduction in body fat compared with the ET program. When corrected for the energy cost of training, the decrease in the sum of body fat induced by the HIIT program was ninefold greater than by the ET program (7).

In other words, HIIT was highly more effective at burning fat than endurance training.

Other Health Benefits of HIIT 

Studies have shown that those who practice HIIT, or traditional endurance training, saw a significant improvement in cardiovascular fitness. People who did HIIT also saw greater improvements in VO2 max and body composition (8, 9). They saw almost double the improvement in VO2 max than those who did MCIT, or moderate-intensity continuous training, especially in those with coronary artery disease (10, 11).

HIIT can be especially helpful for people with diabetes. HIIT is beneficial because it can have a greater positive impact on cases of insulin resistance and VO2 max than other types of continuous training. Studies show that it is suitable as an alternative to these types of exercises to promote metabolic health and weight loss, which can improve the health of diabetics and those with metabolic syndrome (12).

How to Incorporate HIIT Into Your Life

There are so many benefits to HIIT and if you are trying to lose weight, or just stay in shape, then this is a quick way to speed up your results. The key to making HIIT successful is to make sure that your workouts are continually changing and you are eating a healthy diet of whole foods.

The best way to keep your workouts interesting and constantly changing, yet remaining effective, is to join others who are on a journey just like you. For us, that place is Elite, where our top members gather to get all of their training. A place that has helped bring you some of our best transformations ever. This is a monthly membership where you are given new workouts every single month, workout videos, a database full of healthy recipes, and a forum where you can get support, talk to other members, and ask questions. We have a highly qualified coach in our forums every day, someone you can chat with and ask the important questions to.

Being an Elite member means you are always experiencing something new and you can be excited every month to take yourself further and finally reach your goals. It is like having one of our workout programs if they never ended and continued to change as your progress. And as if the program came with your own real-life coach.

Click here and become an Elite member. You WON’T regret it!

Here is an example of the types of workouts you will see…

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