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HIIT

HIIT THE HOLIDAYS HARD

Tis’ the season to be jolly!  Or, so Santa said … however, while we love him to bits, we don’t want to be as roly-poly as he is, right?  Let’s rather HIIT the holidays hard!

And, while we understand it’s tough to keep fit over the holidays, it’s even tougher to shake off belly fat post-holiday.

And, so we, at Thrive Fitness, suggest that you HIIT THE HOLIDAYS HARD!  What do we mean?

USE THE HIIT THEORY TO SHAKE OFF BELLY OR EXCESS HOLIDAY WEIGHT

HIIT = High-Intensity Interval Training

And, you most likely have encountered this kind of training in our Tuesday Tabata class – and you know that it gets your heart rate up for intervals and then brings it down, with a repeat, repeat, repeat mode.

Why is HIIT good for you and why can this methodology help you shake off excess holiday weight?

The idea is to give your all during the high-intensity periods, which are generally quick and intense bursts of exercise.  Following this, you will be allowed a short recovery period, which is still often active.  This type of training keeps your heart rate up and burns fat in a quicker space of time.  And, who doesn’t want to burn fat quickly?

THE BENEFITS OF INCLUDING HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING INTO YOUR EXERCISE REGIME

  1. 1. During the workout, your body is metabolising fat for fuel, and after the workout, your body pulls on your fat stores as well.  Double whammy!
  1. 2. As a rule, the average person burns calories at a rate of 5 calories per litre of oxygen consumed.  So, essentially, that means that the more oxygen you consume the quicker you will burn calories!  And, HIIT workouts require a lot of breathing of oxygen!  And, that means … are you getting the picture?
  1. 3. We all know that men tend to build muscle quicker than women.  So, because HIIT workouts focus mostly on building muscle tissue and through the repair process, we produce high levels of human growth hormone, testosterone … This means you are assured of an increase in muscle volume and definition.

If 10 is the highest intensity of exercise you can reach and 1 is the lowest, then HIIT training should be performed at around an 8 or higher, and for 30-second bursts.  This will ensure that you get the most out of each workout. Remembering that everyone’s 8 or 9 is different.

The beauty of HIIT workouts is that you decide how intense you are going to go.  But, we can guarantee you that once you’re feeling the pumping tunes and the amazing energy from our trainers during our classes, you will want to push yourself. And, you will feel better for doing so too.

This Hout Bay gym loves to see you thrive!  So, consider joining us for one of our Tuesday Tabata classes to experience HIIT or any of our other unique classes.

Be sure to watch out for our other blogs where we will bring you all forms of health tips which will spur you on to greatness, goodness and your best self!

And, if you need some extra motivation, please follow Thrive Fitness Hout Bay on our social platforms.

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