Top Five HIIT Exercises

Looking to get fit? You’ve come to the right place.

HIIT is one of the best ways to train. Not only does it give you an intense cardio workout, but it’s designed to help you improve your speed, strength and power too.

And if you want to get the most out of your time in the gym, HIIT is the way to do it.

What is HIIT?

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. So, rather than spending a large amount of time running or cycling, HIIT is structured around an interval pattern e.g. one-minute of burpees, then rest, then move onto the next exercise for another minute, then rest etc.

Why do HIIT?

You might have heard that HIIT is good for losing weight, but there are plenty more benefits to be had from training in this way:

  • It helps to build muscle – by doing intense bursts of energy, you’re forcing your muscles to work anaerobically which will help you to build muscle.
  • It helps to maintain strength – sometimes too much cardio can have an adverse effect. HIIT helps you to maintain your strength as well as your fitness levels.
  • It’s incredibly efficient – there’s no point training for hours if you can get the same amount of – or even more – benefits in half the time. If you put your all into HIIT, you’ll definitely get a lot out of it.
  • It boosts your metabolism – doing regular interval training will help to increase your resting metabolic rate. So that means doing HIIT will help you burn fat faster as well as burn calories after your workout is over.

How to get the most out of your HIIT workout

The key to getting the most out of your workout is by putting your all into each exercise.

Remember: the workout is not as long as most, but you won’t get as many benefits from it if you’re not giving it 100%*.

The video below takes you through our top five exercises for your HIIT workout.

Do each exercise for 45 seconds and then take 15 seconds to rest. Repeat the cycle of five exercises, five times to complete the workout.

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*If you are new to exercise, or have taken a break due to injury, we recommend you speak to a doctor before performing any physical exercise.