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  • Want to lose weight? Then take a HIIT!

    By Travis Steffen on Thursday, November 5, 2009in Weight Loss  

    High-intensity interval training or HIIT as its abbreviated, is a strategy used to improve performance with short training sessions.¬† Sessions are short and sharp usually lasting 15-30 mins.¬† A first it might be hard to believe, but HIIT¬† is one of the best methods for fat burning, and it can be applied to any form of exercise…

    Here is some key things you need to mare sure your doing if you want to include HIIT into your program.

    • Time ratio of 2:1 – For example 60 secs of sprinting, followed by 30 seconds jogging
    • A very thorough warm up and cool down – You are going to be working hard and fast for a short periode of time, injury is really common at high level intensity, so make sure your limber!
    • 6 – 10 reps of high intensity exercise - This needs to be separated with medium intensity exercise.

    The goal is to have the entire HIIT session last at least 15 mins.  And remember it can be applied to any for of exercise, running, swimming, boxing and if your really smart about it, try and apply it to your weight training!

    To see the best results with HIIT involves monitoring your heart rate and VO2MAX, and this can become pretty complicated for beginners.  But if cardio and fat burning is something your serious about, it definitely pays to get some assistance.

    If you want a change, a great way to include HIIT is on fitness boot camp where its included as part of a much larger routine.

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    Travis Steffen is a Master Trainer and founder of WorkoutBOX. After years of experience training professional athletes and thousands of others just like you, he knows exactly what it takes to get you in serious shape. Follow his expert guidance and you're guaranteed to get amazing results.
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