Most people looking to lose weight find themselves in a never-ending search for the next quick weight-loss product, method or an easy way to bulk up, especially when it involves less work. Many have known about HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) for a while now but it seems to be getting more attention as a quick weight-loss method. There are more websites than we can count about the benefits of HIIT training and tons of information being thrown out about it. We are definitely advocates of HIIT training and we utilize it anytime we think it is the right program based on your progress and needs. But we here at LetsGetUFit always want you to know the truth about different methods so we are going to examine four things you didn’t know about HIIT training.
1. HIIT Training Is Not For Beginners
HIIT training is all about doing exercises, like cardio for example in short intense bursts. Let’s say you run fifteen minutes in the morning at 60 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate; with HIIT you would run in much shorter time intervals at around 90 percent of your maximum heart rate. Micah Zuhl, Ph.D. and Len Kravitz, Ph.D. both from the Universities of Central Michigan and New Mexico respectively, recommend that you be fit enough to run continuously for 30 minutes at a lower intensity before you try HIIT. Jumping straight to HIIT could cause injury so understand that you shouldn’t jump from not having worked out in years to HIIT cardio or weight lifting.
2. HIIT Training Alone Will Not Sustain Weight Loss
As with all of the methods we use at LetsGetUFit HIIT training is just one piece of your fitness puzzle. The body needs different types of exercise methods, not just one, to meet your goals. We love HIIT training but understand variety is important with exercise. It’s good for the body because it needs to be challenged in different ways to be fit. It’s also good for the mind to switch methods because one of the most used reasons people give for quitting on their training is that they find it boring. We insist that our personal training be fun as well as challenging, so we are not the type of trainers that are going to have you do nothing but HIIT cardio. The body and mind need variety.
3. HIIT Training Does Not Mean You Can Eat Junk Food
All too often when the public goes wild over a new weight-loss product we can’t wait to hear that we can still eat whatever we want and we will magically lose fat. Proper nutrition is vital to any workout regimen including HIIT. We strongly recommend with all of our personal training services that you also take advantage of the nutritional advice we offer. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; bellies are made in the kitchen and all the HIIT cardio or any type of exercise you do will be undone if you don’t eat right.
4. HIIT Training is Hard Work
Often when people hear that HIIT training involves shorter intervals they take that to mean less time on the treadmill or less time lifting which surely must mean less time and effort to reach your fitness goals. Nothing could be further from the truth. HIIT training is wonderful and gets great results which is why we use it. But it isn’t easy and it will require the same dedication as any other method. There are no shortcuts to meeting your fitness goals. The best “shortcut” you can take is to work with the professionals at LetsGetUFit so you aren’t navigating the fitness world alone.
HIIT training is a great method with many benefits that we utilize in our personal training services but it’s just one of many tools to making you the person you want to become. Contact us today and LetsGetUFit!