You’ve probably heard of HIIT (high intensity interval training). It’s the fitness theory that challenges you to alternate your cardio workout between bouts of high intensity activity and slower paced rest periods. It’s intended to increase your workout stamina and boost metabolism.
DCL talked to Elizabeth O’Leary, Certified Personal Trainer and Advocare Advisor, for her take on HIIT.
“…When doing sprints, I start out with a moderate jog then I run as fast I can for 30 seconds and come back down to a jog and repeat that 10 times. Your all out interval can be anywhere from 15 seconds to 60 seconds. The cool thing about doing HIIT is you don’t have to spend 30 minutes or more doing cardio and its 6 times more effective than steady state cardio.”
Of course, nothing is more effective at directing our muscle activity than music. “For me music is an absolutely key element. It helps get my energy up and be able to mentally prepare for what I’m about to do physically. When that music is on I know it’s go time.” says O’Leary. While she advises her clients to adopt proper nutrition and weight training to their customized routine, she also touts the importance of HIIT: “In my opinion interval training is a MUST when trying to drop your body fat.”
If you’re ready to HIIT the gym, here’s a music mix designed to help you pump up the volume then drop it low – your heart rate that is. The tracks are alternated like interval training: fast & slow. Skip through when you’re ready to start your next interval.
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