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Have you heard of HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training? It’s the concept of varying low-intensity with high-intensity workouts, on (duh) varying intervals (nerd talk: HIIT workouts typically include short bursts, 6 seconds to 4 minutes, of intense exercise — less than/equal to 90% maximal aerobic capacity alternating with relief breaks of varying lengths*).
Essentially, you’re getting your heart rate UP, and quickly, then working out at a lower intensity or even full recover while the heart rate comes back down. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
If done well (and of course, I always recommend that you get the OK from your medical practitioner and work with a certified personal trainer before starting any workout routine!), HIIT can balance aerobic and anaerobic training, while burning calories and increasing your overall endurance.
Sounds pretty good, huh?
I like HIIT for many reasons (not the least of which is that it’s hugely effective in a short amount of time), so I rounded up a series of workouts that you can try at home, using only your body weight, to see how it feels for you.
(FYI, my friend Amanda Vogel has written an interesting article talking about HIIT vs. Tabata, which is another popular workout involving some HIIT principles but with more specific interval ratios and overall intensity. This is also a great comparison of HIIT, HVIT and VIIT.)
1) Grab your smartphone.
Yes, I know I said that you don’t need anything, but it’s a great way to set your timer (you can also use a Gymboss interval timer or just watch a clock).
*Note: you saw that I’m working with Gorilla Glass for this post, right? Seems like a good time to share some of the features that go into it, and why products that have Gorilla Glass 4 can make a big difference for those of us who work out with our phones!
- It dramatically improves protection against drops and is better able to withstand damage from drops
- It’s the toughest cover glass on the market and performs up to 2x better than competitive glass designs in devices dropped from 3 feet high (ahem, a plyo box or from a chin-up bar)
- With Gorilla Glass 4, the focus is on improving damage resistance against sharp contact, such as a drop on asphalt, concrete, and other rough surfaces
(Sadly, my current device does not have Gorilla Glass 4, but you can see which models do and learn more about the technology at http://www.corninggorillaglass.com/en/products-with-gorilla.)
2) Pick a HIIT Workout From This List.
I’ve taken the liberty of pinning a board full of my favorite HIIT workouts — some are short, some are long and all are tough. You’re welcome.
Owing to the fact that I am currently SUPER pregnant, I chose this one and modified a bit to avoid abdominal crunches or any explosive movements that might challenge my balance.
3) Complete Your Workout.
4) Fall on the Floor in a Pile of Sweat.
5) Take a Couple of Days off and Go Again.
How do you feel? Honestly, if the answer is “I hate working out at that level of intensity,” HIIT may not be for you. Intensity is good, and feeling like a workout challenged you is really the only way to get results. But if you like taking it a bit more slowly, using weights and other equipment, joining in group fitness classes, etc. you may want to try something else. Me? I like to mix it up, and since the workout I tested here took less than 30 minutes to complete, I was able to fit it into some creative holes in my schedule (I stayed downstairs while my husband took bedtime duty with the toddler; I woke up and busted out a few rounds while waiting for my computer to load, etc.)
Listen, I’m all about real life, and finding workouts and fitness that fit IN. The most effective workout is one you’ll do, and HIIT may be a great start for you if you’re trying to get a lot done in a short amount of time.
And don’t forget to see if your device — your smartphone, tablet or laptop, has Gorilla Glass 4 and if not, keep in mind when it’s time to upgrade! If you’re like me, your smartphone goes everywhere you do, and is usually a pretty important part of your workout. But as the devices get larger and thinner, the screens need to be able to withstand a lot of crazy situations (plus be scratch resistant BUT still let you touch all the keys and make all the emojis and give all the Periscope hearts).
The team behind Gorilla Glass has done thousands of hours of testing to try to figure out how and why glass breaks when it’s dropped — then create products that guard against those drops (or when a gorilla baby tries to steal your phone…hey, it could happen!).
*Kessler, Sisson & Short 2012; Boutcher 2011
Corning® Gorilla Glass has been used on nearly 4 billion devices from 40 major brands. Is it on yours? Click here to find out!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Corning Gorilla Glass. The opinions and text are all mine.