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Learning About High-Intensity Interval Training

By Rob Humphrey

Modern-day scientists and researchers have come up with so many different types of exercise routine that they believe can help to contribute to a healthy and fit human body. The range of theories is so wide and vast as it relates to getting the best results from exercise that people sometimes get confused about which type of exercises to do. To clear up any doubt, one of the most significant and effective methods of exercise is high-intensity interval training. As you read on, you will realize that this type of training program has been proven for many people to provide very good calorie burning during a workout.

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is also referred to as sprint interval training. It is a strategy of exercise that was created with the intention of improving your overall performance with much shorter training sessions. It is really a form of cardiovascular exercise that allows the body to burn fat in very short and intense workout routines.

A typical HIIT exercise session can range from 9 to 20 minutes. Regardless of the length of time, the theory behind the routine is the same. Basically, there is a 2 to 1 ratio for workouts and recovery periods. What this means is that a runner can do hard sprinting for 15 to 20 seconds and then jog or walk for another 10 seconds before starting the high-intensity running again.

The typical HIIT session will consist of exercise that is done for warm up first, which is then followed by between 6 to 10 reps of high-intensity exercise. These high-intensity reps are separated by medium intensity reps of other exercises, and everything culminates with one period of cooling down exercise. Most people recommend that the high-intensity exercises should be done at almost maximum intensity, while the medium intensity exercises should be done at about 50% intensity.

HIIT is thought to be a great way to get the most results from your workout if time is limited in your case. The idea is to at least accomplish six cycles of exercises and ensure the entire program lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. Try not to go less than 15 minutes or exceed the 20 minute mark. People have noted that doing HIIT sessions has been able to significantly improve their overall athletic performance. If you are the type of person who has reached your maximum level in terms of fitness, you can still continue to use high-intensity interval training to improve your endurance performance.

From the information provided, you should be able to realize that high-intensity interval training is not a technical type of routine. The exercises are very simple and in many cases have been proven to result in maximum burn and overall fitness. If you are someone who hates going to the gym or if you really have time constraints, you should definitely consider this type of exercise routine.

Rob Humphrey is a Fitness Product Specialist. He enjoys helping others reach their fitness goals and working out with the Turbo Fire Workout, and the best diet supplement Shakeology.

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