If you have every exercised with a personal trainer, chances are they have made you do interval work. It is no secret in the fitness world and among personal fitness trainers that high intensity interval training (HIIT) has been shown to be the most effective form of cardio for fat loss and weight loss. Our personal trainers know that it’s not the only way of performing cardio, but since they usually only have one hour with their clients they know they need to have effective workouts that lead to the best results for their clients.
HIIT consists of short all out bursts of exercise, followed by rest intervals that will last between 1 and 2 minutes in order to recover before performing all out again. HIIT is usually in the form of running sprints (treadmill, outdoor, hills etc.) or sprints on a bike. These high intensity/low intensity intervals should be performed between 10 and 20 minutes. If you are able to perform for longer than this then the intensity was not high enough. Our personal trainers will make sure that you are working at your maximum capacity.
To achieve the full benefits of a HIIT workout the all out periods should last anywhere between 10 and 30 seconds, if you can perform more than 30 seconds at a time, it means it’s not intense enough. So fire up the intensity and give it your all, you should have nothing left in the tank at the end of the all out period!
After you have performed your 30 seconds of high intensity, drop the intensity right down to a slow pace for 1 or 2 minutes to recover. Repeat this process 10 or 20 times per session. Usually 2 or 3 HIIT sessions a week should be enough to help you achieve your fat loss goals if followed with a proper diet. Ask your Abu Dhabi Personal Trainer today about HIIT workouts and incorporating them in to your workout schedule!