Benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT)

High Intensity Interval Training

At the start of the year many of us will have made a New Year Resolution for a healthier lifestyle in 2019; stop smoking, cut out the partying, give up the booze, lose weight and get fighting fit. Sound familiar? Now firmly into Spring no doubt any resolution made has been quietly forgotten.

After all, the latter above two resolutions; lose weight and get fighting fit must surely involve hours and hours of training on a diet of Cabbage Soup and Tofu or whatever the latest fad celebrity get-fit DVD and or diet cookbook your Auntie Ethel tactless bought you last Christmas. While Auntie Ethel may have hurt your feelings, perhaps she stirred a desire to finally make changes for a healthier and fitter you!

Desire is one thing, putting into action a plan to burn up calories, lose fat and improve your cardiovascular fitness level is something else, and it can feel overwhelming, and you now find yourself in Spring with the New Year desire flagging. Entre stage left; An expert personal trainer in High-Intensity Interval Training or HIIT for short.

If you are looking for a way to take your fitness and body shape to the next level without spending hour upon hour time in the gym, then HIIT could be the answer for you.  Let me be very clear. As your personal trainer I am not saying HIIT will be easy, just that it may take less of your time. More appropriately, the HIIT approach to cardio exercise is physically demanding but, amazingly, HIIT makes it possible to get more from doing less. HIIT will only work in conjunction with other changes such as your diet.

What is HIIT?

HIIT is a specialised form of training that involves short intervals of maximum intensity exercise separated by longer intervals of low to moderate intensity exercise. In a nutshell, it means doing a number of short bursts of intense exercise with short recovery breaks in between.

Because HIIT involves briefly pushing yourself beyond the upper end of your aerobic exercise zone, it offers several advantages that traditional steady state exercise where you keep your heart rate within your aerobic zone can’t provide. HIIT trains and conditions both your anaerobic and aerobic energy systems.

HIIT trains your anaerobic system with brief, all-out efforts; for example, when you have to push hard to make it cycling-up a steep hill or sprint the last few hundred metres of a long-distance race.  This shorter, more intense way of working is just that and it also creates a wealth of additional benefits:

  • Burns more calories and loses fat
  • Preserves muscle mass
  • Increases your metabolism
  • Requires little or no equipment
  • Is highly adaptable
  • Saves you time

HIIT’s just one of many ways you can get fit and healthy, and as a specialist personal trainer for the over 60s I know that age is no barrier to HIIT. Take your first step to achieving your fitness goal, call or email me, I offer a free no obligation 60-minute health and fitness consultation, plus you can take advantage of my special introductory offer; two 1-hour taster personal training sessions for just £45. Book your free consultation now by calling 07730 038830 or email

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