The Hottest Trend in Workouts: HIIT, Tabata & Crossfit
Consider these workouts the hot buttons for the New Year. Why? You not only feel like you have worked out to the max, your body registers the intensity and burns more calories. Shred mega calories in under 25 minutes!
HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training
Sarah Joseph, a colleague of mine with a Masters in Exercise Science, explains it best! It’s been around for ages but has recently become more popular with exercise programs such as P90X, Insanity, and various other independent projects by fitness gurus. There is a reason why this type of training has become popular in highly motivated individuals and why you should try it too. You can Google a list of reasons why you should try HIIT training but I’m going to try to give you some info that might not seem as obvious. READ MORE…
FREE HIIT Toning workout:
Tabata, a style of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or HIIE (High Intensity Intermittent Exercise), is a short intense workout that burns mega calories. It can be used to train cardio, strength, pretty much anything. And the best part? In 20 minutes or less you can get a complete Total Body Workout. Tabata started out in 1996 with a Speed Skating study done by Izumi Tabata. The research proved a large gain in V02 Max, otherwise known as your ultimate fitness ceiling. Unlike a HIIT style workout, Tabata has a Protocol of 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off. This is repeated for a total of 4 minutes, then recovery. These 4 minutes are considered one round. And the rounds are manipulated to make the workout easier or harder.
FREE Tabata Cardio workout:
Cross Fit can be found in gyms across the U.S. Extremely popular due to it’s measurable way. It can be done with or without equipment and usually different components of the workout (time, reps, exercises) are manipulated so one continues to see results and can measure their increased fitness level. The goal is to go fast with good form.
2 Cross Fit style workouts
*WarmUp & CoolDown on your own
Workout Option 1 Rep Total = 1 min of each exercise, 3 rounds, count every rep (i.e. you did 35 screamers in minute one, start counting from 36 in minute two). GOAL: complete more reps with each round.
Workout Option 2 AMRAP (as many reps as possible) = 12 reps of each exercise, no rest,. GOAL: perform as many rounds of the 6 exercises as you can in 15 minutes.
*If you happen to be a mesomorph body type like me, the maximum you should do the plyometrics in this workout is 2x/week.