Good morning and Happy Monday to you all! I hope that your weekend was full of joy and great times. As for myself, I had a great weekend. My wife and I went for a long bike ride Saturday morning, around the CSU Campus headed for Old Town Ft. Collins where we stopped and had a nice breakfast at our favorite breakfast spot. Then we headed back around the Campus again on our way home, but decided to go the looonngg way up to Spring Creek park and then back towards home. It was a total of around two hours that we were out on our bikes and man did it feel good. then Sunday morning we decided to do the Sprint class in the cycle studio at the gym we go to. This was the first time we had ever done anything like that and man, did it kick our booties! The class is set up as a 30 minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) session that is part high, as-fast-as-you-can-go, speed; and part heavy duty burn-your-quads-out-so-you-can-barely-move-them, speed. It was an extremely challenging class, but man .. WAS IT FUN! I had never done anything like that before, but I cannot wait to do it again. We burned a ton of calories in that 30 minutes, and as we know, burning calories helps us to lose pounds, as long as we are taking in the appropriate calories to allow that deficit to help us lose those pounds.
Spin classes like these, are one way of getting that calorie burn using the HIIT type circuit. The Challenge Circuits that we do on Saturday mornings, also use the HIIT format. The key to these types of exercise programs, is to get your heart rate up to it’s maximum for around 20 – 30 seconds, and then bring it back down for a 10 second rest, and the bring it right back up again. How high you bring the heart rate up and the speed in which you bring it up, is based on YOUR individual fitness status. Always make sure that you are in a safe heart rate zone for best results. One of the things I really like about HIIT is that you can take any exercise routine, whether it be weight training, biking, running, swimming .. etc and turn it into a high intensity interval training routine. As long as you can get the heart rate up by increasing the speed or intensity of the movement, you can turn it into HIIT Training! What ever exercise you prefer to do on a daily basis, if you have not tried HIIT Training, go ahead, give it a try. Turn your workouts into something maybe a little more dynamic and challenging. I am certain that your body will thank you!
DISCLAIMER: Always consult your physician before starting or attempting any new exercise program.