High-intensity interval training has become a popular choice among active individuals and working professionals. Also known as HIIT, this form of exercise involves shorter periods of intense activity followed by alternating periods of recovery. This makes HIIT an incredibly efficient approach, as it allows you to reap the benefits of physical activity in a shorter amount of time. In a pinch for time? Wanting to burn calories quickly? Looking to speed up your metabolism? HIIT may be just the kind of exercise you need.
1. It Torches Calories
Thanks to the growing popularity of HIIT workouts, many researches have set out to study the workout’s effectiveness and impact. In one such study, nine ‘recreationally active men’ spent 30 minutes each doing the following exercises: a resistance training session, an endurance cycling session, an endurance treadmill session, and a high-intensity interval training session. At the end of the study, scientists discovered that the HIIT session burned 25-30% more calories than the other forms of activity performed in a ‘steady-state.’ “This form of exercise intervention may be beneficial to individuals who want to gain the benefits of both resistance and cardiovascular training but have limited time to dedicate to exercise,” the study concluded.
2. It Boosts Your Metabolism
In another study, it was discovered that HIIT workouts boost your metabolism following a workout, even more so than jogging and weight training. Thanks to the highly intense nature of HIIT workouts, the body will continue to burn additional calories after a workout is over. Now you can enjoy that lazy Netflix binge and continue burning calories at the same time.
3. It Increases Endurance
Another compelling case to be made for HIIT workouts is the endurance you will develop over time. According to Men’s Journal, just one minute of high intensity exercise added onto an otherwise gentle workout can seriously boost your endurance and overall health. That endurance pours over to your moderate daily exercises too. In a study completed by PLoS ONE, researchers discovered that three minutes of “all-out intermittent exercise” per week increases both Skeletal Muscle Oxidative Capacity and Cardiometabolic Health. It turns out you don’t have to go the extra mile to benefit. Just three minutes will do.
4. It Allows You to Work At Your Own Pace
For David Fuller, owner of EPIC Interval Training, there is another significant benefit to this kind of training. HIIT allows you to reach your own potential at your own pace. It also allows you to gain the support of those around you, pushing you to reach your goals. “It is important to note that here at EPIC we can make anybody and any body type reach their potential,” he says.
“We do that by teaching each station at three levels. That means two completely different body types can be working side-by-side at the same station and each is doing it to their respective max. So that might mean person A is more flexible than person B and therefore has a greater range of motion. Conversely, person B might have superior grip strength to person A and can spend an entire interval in an inverted hang, for example.” At EPIC, everyone no matter their age, skill level, or gender will start together, work together and end together at the sound of the same buzzer. If you’re someone who benefits from the comraderie and support of a team, HIIT could be the perfect way to find that sense of community.
5. It Mixes Up Your Routine
Is your workout routine beginning to feel exactly like that, a routine? The monotonous approach to exercising can certainly get old over time but HIIT is here to mix it up. At EPIC Interval Training, every day of the week is a different class, each with its specific focus. While your workout might be cardio or core one day, your workout will be ever changing to keep both your mind and body stimulated and to avoid the feeling of burnout that keeps us from going back to the gym.
Created by elite level Spartan champions, EPIC Interval Training brings the grit, determination, and spirit of professional obstacle racing to the gym. But no matter if you’re an elite athlete or a total novice, we can all benefit from this style of training. On the journey to physical and mental strength, high-intensity interval training empowers us to overcome obstacles both inside and outside the gym, reaping a variety of health benefits along the way.