HIIT (aka High Intensity Interval Training) has been going strong for quite awhile now and has surpassed those fad style exercises (PIYO anyone?). Some fitness experts can’t rave enough about HIIT while other’s promote it as a dangerous way to lose weight. As an avid lover of all things fitness and someone who has done HIIT for 10 years, I'm here to share with you a passion/hobby for this type of fitness that has provided me so many benefits .
As a word of caution, HIIT is not for everyone. I strongly recommend consulting a physician before you start any challenging type of workout. Also, with HIIT you want to make sure you practice the form of the movements you are doing. That is very important in preventing injuries. With that being said, I’ve seen amazing results in my fitness level and my ability to keep muscle mass while staying lean.
In a nutshell HIIT is a style of cardio interval training where you alternate between high energy exercises in short bursts with minimal rest periods in between. For example 30 seconds of squat jumps with 10 seconds of rest, three times through. You can also incorporate light weights into most HIIT routines.
For me personally I started doing HIIT when I was 20 years old. Beachbody came out with P90X which was a little hard for me to do considering the amount of upper body workouts they incorporate. Later they came out with Insanity and that's where I became addicted to the concept of HIIT. It was new, it was fast and it brought me great results. I loved it. Later on I ended up mostly doing online workouts with a company called Fitness Blender who mix strength training, stretching and HIIT exercises together. It's a great balance having those all together and I've been working out with them since 2014.
HIIT has been around for a long time, but it was originally cultivated by a Japanese Dr. named Izumi Tabata in the early 1990's. He was working with a speed skating team coach to create a workout that included maximum bursts of sprints followed by short periods of rest. This type of training increased the performance of the speed skating athletes and thus "tabata" training was born which led to HIIT training in the future. There is no doubt that this style of fitness helps people get in shape far better than your typical cardio alone and when combined with strength training becomes an easy way to lose fat and build muscle quick!