HIIT stands for high intensity interval training and alternates between bursts of extreme activity and short periods of active rest. The idea behind the training is to make the body work harder than it would during steady-paced exercise, and therefore boost its potential to torch more calories in a shorter amount of time. We’ve gathered some of the best HIIT workouts to make working out fun and interesting, and to leave you with that great endorphin high.
Bag it up
A combination of bag boxing and functional strength training under the guise of ‘fight club meets nightclub’ can only mean one thing – some serious intensity. Once you get the hang of the movements and the combinations, you’ll then have to concentrate on getting your breath back in between the boxing. But that can only mean you’re working hard, right? Try Kobox for a fun and high-energy session that will push you to your limits.
Dumbbells at the ready
With a 40 second workout period and a 20 second rest period, this HIIT session from Joe Wicks is a medium challenger. However, it’s over in 15 minutes which is perfect if you are planning to schedule in a short burst of activity during a busy day. Combining cardio with dumbbell movements, you’ll burn fat, build muscle and work the entire body for the whole time. Not bad for a quarter of an hour’s work.
For a low-impact but fast-paced workout, head to the water for a Hydro class, currently held at Virgin Active clubs. If you think it’s time to brush up on your swimming technique, this is the perfect class to combine that with toning exercises and drills to keep you on your toes, both in and out of the water. The nice thing is attendees adapt distances for their swimming strength so it’s inclusive and motivating. Just remember your water bottle because it’s thirsty work in the pool.
Do it like a dude
Who says women can’t do the Caveman Conditioning workout? We particularly like this one for all the jumpers out there – it’s the kangaroo 15-minute HIIT workout designed to get you jumping at full speed for 60 seconds alternated with 60 seconds of rest and while you can watch a taster YouTube, it’s part of a downloadable nine week full-body training programme, which is excellent for those who like to stick to a regime.
Barrecore (if you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a method that exercises muscles in a similar way to how a professional dancer would) is a ballet-inspired workout that has taken the capital by storm. One of the offerings is the 55-minute HIIT class where moves vary between traditional Barrecore exercises like deep pulsing pliés and HIIT sections such as allégro (fast ballet movements) to get your core working hard.
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