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HIIT: What is it? And why it's an effective training method

Updated: Mar 3, 2022

HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, is an interval workout protocol that involves short periods of intense work followed by a recovery or rest period.

While all HIIT work is interval training, not all interval training is HIIT. What makes HIIT standout is the all out effort for that short duration of work . To obtain the best results from this type of workout, the athlete should leave nothing in the tank during each work interval. Conversely, the recovery period should be of a sufficient length that you're able to go all out in subsequent intervals. Ideally, recovery to work ratios should be about 2:1 or 3:1 depending on your fitness level. More advanced athletes can use the Tabata method, which utilizes a 2:1 work to recovery ratio, usually 20 secs of work followed by 10 seconds of rest.

This alternating between states is what makes HIIT a great cardio conditioning protocol. Cardio though is not the only benefit. Strength training can be done with HIIT as well using techniques such as kettlebell swings, that require explosive movements. As with any training, proper form and movement takes precedence over how heavy or how fast you can perform the workout.

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