Wednesdays are my day off from strength training since I do a four day split. So now Wednesdays have become my unofficial HIIT day. High Intensity Interval Training is fantastic for fat loss as the calorie burning continues for 24-48 hours after you do the workout. The point is to bring your heart rate up quickly and then back down again. It hurts, but it's important to include in your weekly routine.
Today I started off with sprints on the treadmill. I do a 5 minute warm up, then 10 sets of 30 seconds of sprinting followed by 1 minute of recovery pace. After the 10 sprints, I cool down with 5 minutes of recovery pace.
Then I got on the stairstepper again. Stair stepping is my version of hell, but I put on the interval setting and do 10 minutes of 40 seconds work, 40 seconds recovery. I actually lasted the entire 10 minutes this week! My calves were burning when I got off.
Then I head upstairs to finish up my workout with Tabatas. I grabbed a Kettlebell and did swings, sit ups while holding the kettlebell, and weighted squats. I had dinner plans with the best friend, so I only did 3 rounds of tabatas instead of four, but my Mexican food was so worth it.
I know I will be feeling the HIIT tomorrow, but this week I have been experiencing a lot of DOMS this week for some reason, so it will only add to my already sore chest and triceps. I love it, though.
I highly recommend adding HIIT in at least once a week. Choose a cardio that you enjoy doing and then do it as hard as YOU can on and off for as long as YOU can.
Do you already do HIIT in your workout routines?