High Intensity Interval Training involves repeated bouts of high intensity effort followed by varied recovery time. HIIT workouts are generally short in nature with longer recovery times. Here are a few examples of perfect HIIT exercises to try in your own routine or to start trying.
Yes the dreaded burpee is an intensive all over body exercise that will get your blood pumping and your body shaking. The good thing about burpees is that they activate our arms, legs, back and abdominal muscles and they are completely customizable. You can throw in a pushup, do them one legged or add a squat into the equation, whatever your fitness goal is the burpee is your answer. As your fitness improves you can add ankle weights to increase resistance. Best of all no equipment is required for burpees so you can do them anywhere, anytime.
We all remember jumping rope at school and seeing how many jumps in a row we could make, I cant promise that HIIT skipping will be this fun. Start your skipping warm-up as usual at a moderate pace for approximately 5 minutes. Amp up the speed of your skipping for approximately 1 minute of an all out effort, then alternate with 1 minute of moderate intensity. Repeat this for approximately 20 minutes.
Mountain climbers are a great exercise to build core strength, muscular endurance that are used widely in HIIT training. Starting in a plank position you run your knee to your opposite hand, interchangeably for a certain amount of time or reps. If your not working hard enough you can add ankle weights or a perform on a TRX.