High intensity workouts are a good choice if you are looking to burn fat. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is a discipline that improves endurance and helps you lose those extra pounds, but high intensity is only for the most determined. You dare?
You need a lot (really, really) and 30 minutes a week. This training is based on doing exercises with very intense intervals combined with periods of low intensity recovery. Of course, the length of these intervals must be adjusted to both the objective and the capabilities of each person.
Compared to conventional training, such as doing cardio for 45 minutes, the results are very different. It has been shown that a high intensity workout of 4 minutes burns more calories than a regular 30 or 45 minute workout. That’s because when we do HIIT the burning of calories is also prolonged during moments of rest, which with a conventional training does not occur.
So HIIT is a proven and effective burner, if this exists, but we warn you that it is not easy. Dizziness or your legs tremble is the price you have to pay for condensing in 4 minutes a routine of 1 hour. But yes, it is very effective.
The Tabata method (4 minutes), the Timmons (3 minutes interval bike) or the aerobic method (with step) are several types of training that use the HIIT system. Although you can always adapt to your possibilities and create your own.
For this type of training are not worth all the exercises, think the simpler the better to perform the greater number of repetitions during a series.
Running is not recommended for this type of training since, when doing it with maximum power, the impact on the joints is greater. A good exercise to use the HIIT method can be the bike or the elliptical.
This type of training is hard, so it is not recommended to practice more than three times a week. The resting effect that produces HIIT lasts up to 48 hours, so it is not necessary to train two days in a row, it is even better to leave a day of rest between sessions.
Think that the threshold of resistance of each is not equal, so you must know your body and your limits before you start practicing this method. Also, this is progressive, as time goes by your resistance level will be higher. Do you join the challenge?