What Are The Benefits Of A HIIT Routine?
Someone looking to burn as much fat as possible during a cutting phase will benefit the most from HIIT, also someone looking to minimize fat gain during a bulking phase, or someone looking to increase aerobic and anaerobic endurance significantly would all benefit greatly from a HIIT regimen.
Athletes who participate in a sport where the intensity varies constantly will benefit greatly as well.
What Results Can You Expect From HIIT?
- Help accelerate fat loss and improve aerobic and anaerobic endurance.
- HIIT will most likely produce very fast results in a short period of time which is why it has been gaining popularity ever since it was introduced to the bodybuilding community.
- Nobody can promise any specific results but it is feasible that after an 8-week cycle of HIIT combined with weight training, you should see a significant visual change. One of the best ways to test this is to measure yourself rather then weighing yourself!
- Athletes will be able to perform better in their given sport and will find that they will begin to outperform others toward the end of games as their stamina will have improved. (many if not all NFL teams for example use HIIT training as a large portion of their training as it not only increases stamina but also the fast twitch muscle fibre responses).
HIIT vs Other Cardio Training Methods?
Scientific research would suggest that HIIT is much more effective than regular cardio for accomplishing of the goals stated.
HIIT compared to Cardio:
When you do a cardio session at the same pace the whole time, your body goes into what is called steady state. This means that your body has adjusted itself to the speed you are going and tries hard to conserve energy (calories).
You can avoid this and burn more calories and FAT by doing HIIT.
HIIT stimulates the body in a way that cannot be paralleled by other methods of cardio with regards to fat burn, calorie usage, improvement in speed/reaction times and increase of stamina/fitness.
Constant change which allows for higher intensity is the key to HIIT.