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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sprint It Out--HIIT Workout

I am a big fan of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). It is very effective in revving up your metabolism and shedding that stubborn fat in less time!!! I don't know about you, but who wouldn't want to workout less yet see the results they are after. The key is that you have to work really hard while you are doing it in order for it to be effective. Are you ready?

Here is your workout:

Jog 3-5 minutes to an open parking lot, grassy area, basketball court, a large back yard, or this can be done on a big hill for extra challenge. Set up 5 markers (cones, clothes, rocks, or the lines on the basketball court) about 15 feet apart from one another. You are to sprint as hard as you can from the first marker to the second touching it and then turning around and sprinting back to the first as fast as you can. You are then going to turn around and run to the third marker then back to the first. Repeat this until you have ran back from all the markers. The key here is that you are working as hard as you can. On a scale of 1 to 10 this is all out effort of a nine. I want you to have to catch your breath when finished. I want those legs screaming at you!

The best thing is to time yourself with a cheap wrist watch. You are going to repeat that 4-6 more times trying to finish in the same amount of time or faster each time you do it. Give yourself around the same amount of time it took you to complete the sprint as rest time between each. 

As you get more cardiovascularly fit spread the markers further apart, give yourself less rest time, and kick up the speed.

Finish your workout with a 5-10 minutes jog at a moderate intensity or a 7 on your scale of 1 to 10. Perform this type of training three days a week on non consecutive days coupled with three days of resistance training for the best results!

Be sure to stretch your glutes and hamstrings after this one!

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