What’s not to love about High Intensity Interval Training? It’s a main part of our Inferno Hot Pilates Class, in fact the entire second half of class is dedicated to this effective method. As its name suggests, it involves high intensity intervals to ensure you get a maximum benefit from your workout. HIIT has claimed so much well earned fame because it boosts your metabolism while burning tons of calories in a short period of time, and there is even more benefit!
💪Burns calories and fat in a shorter period of time! Lots of us are pressed for time and HIIT is a perfect fit. Studies show that 15 minutes of HIIT burns more calories than an hour on a treadmill. In IHP, we do HIIT 4 times in the 4 minute Tabata method which is equal to 30 minutes on a treadmill, multiply that by 4!
💪Lose fat and not muscle! FOlks trying to lose weight often lose muscle instead while doing a steady cardio workout. HIIT involves weight training by using your body’s own weight for resistance during the movement. Therefore, the muscles continue to gain strength while the cardio burns the fat.
😅Builds endurance!- HIIT when a muscle is stressed it adapts and improves its function. This increases your endurance. You’ll notice in class that you in a few weeks you can finish each set of burpees without a break and even go faster in mountain climbers!
😅Effective Energy Use! During HIIT we go hard and then rest again and again. During these intervals, your body learns how to recover efficiently and your body’s energy systems each take over to do their job. During rest your body removes waste from your muscles and quickly gets your breath under control. These actions prep you to complete the next round with enough energy.
💪Boosts metabolism and Burn Calories for Hours! HIIT increases oxygen consumption. Also known as afterburn, EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) is the increased rate of oxygen intake following strenuous activity. This excess oxygen consumed helps increase your rate of metabolism anywhere from 3 to 24 hours after a session of HIIT, so you burn more calories at a faster rate.(🍕pizza anyone?)
💪Various Exercises! A benefit to HIIT is the great array of exercises you can do to get the benefit. Your teachers formulate the class to challenge you, keep you on your toes, and have fun while doing it.
😅No weights needed!– HIIT workouts utilize your own body weight, so the exercises we use can change easily. In fact, weights can sometimes make the workout less effective because your main focus in HIIT is getting your heart rate up rather than toning a particular muscle group.
😅Improved Heart Health! HIIT cardio makes your heart more efficient by getting oxygen to the muscles more quickly. It puts less stress on your cardiorespiratory system than long intense cardio workouts. Your heart gets stronger so that it doesn't have to work as hard to pump blood, increases your lung capacity and helps reduce your risk of heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.
💚Challenging For Everyone! At QCY we all exercise together and we can! HIIT workouts allows the seasoned athlete a new challenge and the ability to continually go to your edge. It gives beginners a quicker way to see results. Your teachers are constantly pushing you out of your comfort zone, so there is always a new place to strive to and more endurance to build, no matter what your level!
What are you waiting for? Come give HIIT a try!