I am becoming a big fan of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
What is HIIT? From wikipedia –
A HIIT session involves a warm up period, several short, maximum-intensity efforts separated by moderate recovery intervals, and a cool down period.
I like to do HIIT on the treadmill. I’ll warm up for five to ten minutes, and then rotate between speeds of 8.5 and 3.0, ending with a five to ten minute cool down. The entire HIIT session usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, including warm up and cool down.
I have been doing HIIT before my strength training sessions, and I was wondering if I was doing them at the right time. I found this video from Yuri Elkaim where he answers the question – When Should I Do High-Intensity Interval Training? I was pleased to see that for someone like me, who is trying to lose weight, a great time to do HIIT is just before strength training. Check out the video for the complete answer –
For more information about HIIT, let me suggest this NY Times article.
I am actually not going to the gym today, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to miss my workout. Instead, in just a few minutes, I’m going to hop on the treadmill, do some HIIT, and then do some body-weight exercises.