Los Angeles, CA – 3/14/2014—
The buzzin cardio training recently has been all about High- Intensity IntervalTraining, which is cardio that alternates between very high-intensity periodsof exercise and low-intensity movements or complete rest. While intense, participants get a decent workout in a shorter amount of time which makes this an appealing workout style forthose struggling to find time at the gym. Though many HIIT workouts are done in classes, this type of exercise canreally be done anywhere on any piece of equipment.
Ifclasses aren’t available, a person can create their own HIIT workout using thetreadmill or elliptical machines. Theonly thing one needs is the ability to spend at least 30 minutes engaged in alow to moderate bout of cardiovascular activity on either machine. If that is the case, follow these steps for apersonalized HIIT workout.
Spend thefirst five minutes of the workout prepping the body for exercise. Pedaling on the elliptical at a low tomoderate pace, or a medium-paced walk will warm up the muscles and get theheart ready for action. At the end ofthis period, begin to play with the resistance and incline levels, and begin toincrease speed or combine these settings to push the body into thehigher-intensity mode.
HIITworkouts consist of alternating high and low intensities for suggested periodsof time. During the shorter phase, theworkout should be the maximum level at which one can push themselves. During the longer, less intense phases thebody recovers from the high intensity training and prepares to work again.
It’ssuggested that beginners work 30 seconds high intensity, then at a slower pacefor 2 minutes before alternating back to the higher pace. Intermediate workouts can lower the recoveryphase to 1 minute and 30 seconds or even just a minute if they’re reallypushing themselves. But by using thisguideline, we can create a HIIT workout almost anywhere in the world that willhelp push the body and improve overall fitness and health levels.
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