HIIT TRAINING AND THE AFTERBURN EFFECT! If your joints allow you to do so, HIIT training (high intensity interval training) is one of the best forms of cardio for rapid weight loss. Ever wonder why wrestlers, boxers, and sprinters are shredded but seem to have a muscular build!? It is because the sport itself is a form of HIIT TRAINING. Let me explain how it works.
HIIT training is when you perform an exercise or activity as fast and as hard as you can for as long as you can endure then you rest. After your rest you go right back at it again giving it 200%+ effort. It doesn’t take long before you are completely out of breath on your back gasping for air. You burn a LOT of calories doing this and trigger something called the AFTER BURN EFFECT! WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?
The best way I can describe the after burn effect is after this short intense form of exercise, your body is going to have a sped up metabolism. Some studies have even shown that your metabolism can be sped up for as long as 48 hours! So, if you have the mental & physical capacity to push your limits and go hard for 5-10 minutes. You can increase your ability to burn fat for 48 hours… Worth it? I’d say so. Here’s a little more technical detail for you.
When we are performing HIIT training your muscles are getting a great workout too. You experience a pump just like when you are lifting weights. This lactic acid build up on top of improvement in cardiovascular endurance is where the magic happens. Your body needs to consume more oxygen to fight off the lactic acid and repair itself which where the increase the metabolism comes into play.
This is why sprinters (they go all out to win the race), boxers (they are fighting hard for 3 minutes with a minute rest) and wrestlers (once again they’re fighting hard as hell with short rest durations) all are able to obtain that shredded look and have muscle on their frame. I’ll give a few examples below of HIIT training, so you can understand it better.
This max effort style of cardio is going to build explosive strength, muscle, and turn you into a fat burning machine.
HIIT training is awesome for getting shredded but I personally don’t believe it should be done daily. You must remember, it will take a toll on your joints & muscles so our bodies need time to recover. There are thousands of routines out there that you can look up online and try some out for yourself. And of course, the personal trainers at Houston Personal training are experts themselves if you want to give them a test-drive!
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