H.I.I.T. happens a lot in our classes, both MuayThai and boot camp, and there are some pretty great reasons why that is. Kru Kelly shared this article about H.I.I.T. a few years back, and it’s valuable for new students or “old” students who need a little refresher on the benefits of H.I.I.T.
The ‘Interval Training’ technique (or High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has gained in popularity as one of the most effective fat burning forms of exercises. Not only is it very effective for this fat loss capability but it also can dramatically improve your cardiovascular capabilities.
Without doubt it is more physically demanding than lower-intensity training, but putting this extra effort in can allow you to reap the benefits quicker and more effectively.
Why is Interval Training Good?
1. It is less time-consuming: You can work yourself just as hard in 30 minutes doing HIIT than doing 1 hour of normal low-intensity training
2. It will even help you build up your endurance faster than long-duration cardio
3. It burns more calories than low intensity training, meaning you can burn more fat in shorter workouts.
4. Higher intensities stimulate your metabolism far more AFTER the workouts than lower intensity training. This means you continue to burn calories and fat for long periods after you’re done training
5. It combats monotony
By challenging both your aerobic and anaerobic systems simultaneously you’re improving the calorie-burning abilities of your body. HIIT can also be highly beneficial for adding new muscle which in turn will help speed up your metabolism. Remember, the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn (even doing nothing!)