We’re big fans of HIIT thanks to its ability to burn mega calories in less time. To amp up your usual strength training routine, add 30 second to 1 minute intervals of these high-intensity moves to get your heart pumping like crazy. By recovering with a strength training move, you’ll help improve your endurance and increase your metabolism.
This basic movement is an awesome calorie burner, burning up to 10 calories per minute! You can also expect increased coordination, plus its awesome for building bone density. As you jump rope, be sure to keep your elbows pulled in and your chin tucked. Ensure that you land softly each time and, to take up the intensity, increase your jump rate or switch to high knees.
If you’re looking to burn hundreds of calories quick, high intensity interval training (HIIT) is the way to go. Today, we have Shane Barnard from Urbankick to explain the science behind these crazy intense intervals, as well as answer frequently-asked questions about HIIT.
High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) is a great way to increase your Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption, or EPOC.
During a H.I.I.T. training session a person consumes more oxygen than in slower, endurance exercises such as walking, running or cycling. This increase in oxygen consumption will increase your post-exercise metabolism or oxygen consumption.
If you’ve tried one of our workouts that combine strength training and cardio like Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp: Slim & Strong Drills or Flex Studio TRX Inspired Workout, you know how intense they can be. The good news is that putting yourself through a tough workout that mixes cardio and strength intervals has many benefits.
You’ll Be a Fat-Burning Machine
As Brooklyn Bridge Bootcamp says, “Conventional cardio programs burn muscle, not fat, and thus don’t provide the lasting results you’re looking for”. Instead, strength training intervals will help to build the lean muscle mass that helps your body burn fat – even hours after your workout is complete!
You’ll Burn a Ton of Calories
By completing strength training moves during your rest periods of cardio, you’ll be burning more calories than if you just took a complete rest. This makes it an efficient form of exercise for when you’re short on time!
You’ll Build Your Endurance
If you do steady state cardio for a longer period of time, you’re not able to push yourself as hard as you would in a short but intense interval. By incorporating cardio intervals into your strength training, you’ll improve your cardiovascular fitness while getting a total-body workout.
You’ll Boost Your Metabolism
Intense intervals followed by less intense intervals help to stimulate your body’s production of human growth hormone. This means that your body will continue to burn calories for up to 24-48 hours after your workout.