If you want to achieve fat loss (and not muscle) fast without doing hours of cardio every week, then you want to know more about high-intensity, Hiit, interval training.
Most of us learned at a young age that promises of “more for less” are usually a sham.
This is particularly true when we’re talking about fat loss.
All we have to do, we’re told by shady supplement companies, is pop their pills and powders and we’ll be shredded in no time?
No amount of supplements can get you the body you want. In fact, most supplements can’t even help you get the body you want–they’re just completely worthless.
All we have to do, we’re told by shady exercise “gurus,” is spend a couple hours per week doing their workout routines and we’ll look like a Greek statue?
Getting into great shape may not be as complicated as many people think, but it requires that you get a lot of “little” things right ranging from caloric intake to macro-nutrient balance to progressive overload to training frequency and more.
“7 Minute Workouts” and fad dieting ain’t gonna cut it.
Now, if you’ve already heard of high-intensity interval training (also known as HIIT), you’ve probably heard a similar story: that it has near magical fat burning powers.
That you can do just a few minutes per day and watch fat melt off your body.
HIIT isn’t the alpha and omega of fat loss…but it can be a powerful weight loss tool when you know how to use it properly.
And that’s what we’re going to talk about in this article:
- What high-intensity interval training is (and what it isn’t).
- Why it’s great for fat loss.
- Why it’s superior to low-intensity steady-state cardio for optimizing body composition.
- How to do it right.
By the end, you’re going to know how to get the absolute most fat-burning bang for your sweaty buck.
What Is High-Intensity Interval Training (and What Isn’t)?
High-intensity interval training, or HIIT for short, is a style of exercising where you alternate between periods of (almost) all-out and low effort.
Hence, the name.
The high-intensity intervals push your body toward its metabolic limits (basically as hard as you can go) and the low-intensity intervals allow it to recover (catching your breath).
You probably already knew that, though, and have several specific questions, such as…
- How “intense” do the high-intensity intervals need to be? How hard should you push yourself and how long should you go for?
- Do the rest periods work, and how to do rest periods exactly?
- The length of time your HIIT workouts be to achieve fat loss?
- 1,2 or 3 How frequently should you do them?
Basically…how do you get the most out of individual HIIT workouts and out of your regimen as a whole?