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A Time-Saving, Full Body Workout

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Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Kathleen Parker

by Kathleen Parker

How many of us convince ourselves that we would love to work out regularly, if only we had more time? Enter HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (or HIIT).

HIIT training involves repeated bouts of all-out high intensity effort followed by varied recovery times. The intense work periods may range from 10 seconds to 8 minutes long, and are performed at 85 to 95% of a person’s estimated maximal heart rate, the maximum number of times your heart will beat in a minute. “Using HIIT you’re going to burn the most calories in the shortest amount of time,” says Tom Holland, Exercise Physiologist. “Mixing CARDIO AND STRENGTH TRAINING at a high intensity gives you the ULTIMATE FULL-BODY WORKOUT”.
HIIT training can easily be modified for people of all fitness levels and special conditions. HIIT workouts can be performed on all exercise modes, including cycling, swimming, running, and of course our group exercise classes! Of course, my personal favorite HIIT workout is hill sprints and burpees.-a total body workout in 20 minutes!

Benefits of HIIT Training:

INCREASED METABOLISM:  HIIT can give you a day-long metabolism boost. This is due to the fact that we consume more oxygen during intense activity than in slower, steady state exercise. This in itself can increase post-exercise metabolism, and means that we continue to burn calories long after exercising.

BURN MORE FAT:  We burn both fat and carbohydrates when we exercise, but the proportion varies according to the INTENSITY of the exercise. Many studies have proven that shorter high-intensity workouts result in greater fat loss than steady-state cardio sessions. This means you get a whole lot more bang for your buck when you sweat it out in a HIIT session, rather than spending TWICE as much time jogging.

YOU LOSE WEIGHT, NOT MUSCLE:  While steady state cardio seems to encourage muscle loss, studies show that both weight training and HIIT workouts allow dieters to preserve their hard-earned muscles while ensuring most of the weight loss comes from fat stores—a win/win!!

YOU BUILD A HEALTHIER HEART:  Most people are not used to pushing into the anaerobic zone (that lovely place where you cannot breathe and you feel like your heart is trying to jump out of your chest). But in this case, extreme training produces extreme results! One 2006 study found that after only 8 weeks of doing HIIT workouts, subjects could bicycle twice as long as they could before the study, and maintain the same pace!!!

NO EQUIPMENT NEEDED:  One of the real advantages of HIIT is that you can work out without the need of weights or cardio equipment. When I am on vacation I always slip in a 30 minute HIIT workout whenever I can. Beach sprints are an amazing HIIT vacation workout! Anything PLYOMETRIC (exercises based around having muscles exert maximum force in short intervals) will get the job done—accelerating your heart rate and increasing your speed and power. This can include squat jumps, burpees, or jump lunges.

IT IS QUICK:  HIIT is an extremely efficient way of squeezing in a great workout into a short space of time. The fact that maximum results can even be achieved from a session that lasts less than 30 minutes means that HIIT is the ideal type of workout if you are on a tight schedule. Due to the extreme level of intensity of HIIT, you can get all the benefits of a rigorous gym session in a mere fraction of the time!

FullSizeRender-151Examples of HIIT workouts we do in our iGnite classes consist of hill sprint repeats,
Tabatas, explosive medicine ball and sand bell circuits, Plyometric circuits, and stair repeats. There are endless possibilities!

One final message — due to the high intensity of HIIT training, it should only be done 3 times a week. All fitness levels can benefit from this type of training!

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10 Day Re-boot: Kellie’s Day 8

iGnite 10 Day Body Reboot

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by Kellie Strickland

After a stressful last couple months with buying a new house I knew I needed some serious changes in my daily routine. I was stress eating, binging on TV all night, and breaking out like crazy. Let me give you some perspective on just how far down this hole I had gone. Every night on my way home from the new house I would inevitably have forgotten to eat dinner so I would stop by P. Terry’s which was conveniently right on my way home and get a cheeseburger then I would proceed to go home and eat some ice cream straight out of the carton. I’m not talking about those cute Ben & Jerry’s pints of Chunky Monkey. I’m talking the full on, half gallon Blue Bell carton sitting in my lap while I watch TV. This brings me to my unhealthy habit of falling asleep to the TV. I don’t even know how I got into this habit or when it got so bad, but I was to the point to where I HAD to watch Friends when I was in bed. I needed the soothing voices of Monica and Rachel to lull me to sleep. Last, and most annoying in my eyes, was the fact that my face was breaking out worse than when I was 13. I felt like my pimples had pimples. This is to give you ladies a good idea of where I was going into the Re-Boot.

 

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7th Street Hill

I started my Monday with my usual 6AM class with Molly. She had floated the idea last week that we were going to have an entire class at the 7th Street Hill (Note the capitalization. The 7th Street Hill deserves the respect of being a proper noun) and boy did she make good on her promise. Life was so much simpler before I knew this hill existed. After five trips up the hill sprinting (I use “sprinting” loosely as I can barely make it to the top of the hill in what would be considered one step above a walk) and some circuit training, I checked “Exercise” off my Re-Boot list so exhausted yet happy as always to have woken up and started my day there.

 

The Judging Lemons

The Judging Lemons

Full disclosure … I hate lemon water. Let me take that one step further, I hate lemon in any of my drinks. It’s weird and un-American on some level I’m sure, but I just can’t do it. I tried the warm lemon water on the first day of the Re-Boot and not a day since. Give me half a bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar and oil pulling over lemon water any day. I have the lemons in a bowl in my kitchen and they judge me every morning that I don’t pack one to take to work with the rest of my food. Well judge away lemons, I will not force drink you.

 

Dog Walking

Taking my dog on a walk during my lunch break

I went home for lunch today to check on my sweet dog who has not been adjusting to the move from New York to Texas well, let alone the move to the new house over the weekend. We went for a walk around the block and played fetch in the huge backyard that I hope he grows to love. I packed myself a quick salad and headed back to the office. A big challenge for me has been the packing of the food. I am incredibly unorganized and hate the prepping that goes into most healthy diets. I have really struggled with getting things together for work in order to get all the meals in so I have ended up having three meals and done more snacking in between (gluten-free delicious snacks that I never knew exists until this week), but I have YET to drive through any fast food place and I have stayed away from all desserts.

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Salad for lunch at work

Espom Salt Romance

My favorite part — the Epsom salt baths

Without a doubt, my favorite part of the Re-Boot has been the Epsom salt baths. Let me put this out there that I am not a bath person at all. I haven’t taken one since I don’t know when and the thought just skeeves me out. I gave it a go and my life will never be the same. Granted, I put the water on way too hot the first time, scalded myself and only lasted about 15 minutes and sweat poured down my face but when I got out, I fell asleep almost immediately (Your hold on my sleep ends now Chandler Bing!) and my knees that always give me problems felt amazing during my run the next day. I have gotten the water to a manageable level and I am loving this time to myself where there is nothing else to do but relax so this was naturally the perfect way to end my Monday.

 

All-in-all this Re-Boot has been the perfect thing my life needed at the perfect time.