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workout wednesday {HIIT edition}

by Heather

Good morning!  Hope your day started out well.  It’s workout Wednesday with a focus on HIIT!

Why do high intensity interval training (HIIT)?  Why not?!  You can exercise for less time (compared to steady state), but get awesome calorie torching benefits.  Because you are having to push yourself really hard with short amounts of recovery, you burn more calories in less time.  You work in the anaerobic zone.  Anaerobic means without oxygen.  While you are breathing, you are working so hard that your body is having to pull energy from other parts of your body to keep it going.  That’s why it is an effective fat burner.


Today I’m sharing one of my workouts I did on Monday.  As far as the exercises go and brain power needed, it’s simple – all you do is SPRINT.  However, it’s a tough cookie.  10 rounds of sprints, with equal work and recovery.  After 5 I was spent but forced myself to keep going until all rounds were done.  I felt annihilated, but at the same time great.  It’s fun to be pushed!  However, it didn’t help that I chose to do it at 2:30pm… on an 85 degree day… with the sun shining down… sometimes sprinting up a hill.  Phew, it was a doozy!

If you are new to exercise, you can just do 4-5 rounds as a place to start.


Another one to try for an indoor non-sprint HIIT workout is this 15 minute workout from PurelyTwins.  You get even less recovery time and do some fun exercises while you’re at it.  Thanks girls!

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Do you do HIIT workouts?  What is your favorite one?  Links are welcome!

Workout Wednesday next week will focus on PLANK workouts… anything involving a plank – email me (heather.englund@comcast.net) your workout if you’d like me to share it!


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Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness May 8, 2013 - 10:14 am

Oh wow what an awesome workout! I haven’t done a HIIT workout in about a year. But I saw a girl at the gym doing one last week and now this post, i think it’s a sign from the universe that i need to get back into them 🙂

Fit Mama May 12, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Yes, it’s definitely a sign!

Tiff May 8, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Whew, sounds tough! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

Fit Mama May 12, 2013 - 3:41 pm

It was! Hope you like it Tiff 🙂


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