High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has it all!
HIIT is a training method which alternates working at 100% maximum effort for short periods with recovery periods. HIIT has many benefits including improvement in athletic performance, faster rate of fat loss and improved glucose metabolism (breakdown of energy).
Increases rate of fat loss
HIIT produces EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) which means that your body has to take in extra oxygen to restore it to its resting state. EPOC increases the metabolic rate. Therefore the fat burning isn’t over when you finish your session, it carries on for up to 24 hours.
A study used two groups of rats, one group worked at high intensity where the other worked at lower intensities, the findings showed that the rats which worked at 80-90% of their mhr (max heart rate) lost much more body fat compared to the rats which worked at 60-70% of their mhr.
Increases Athletic Performance
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been shown to be an effective training method for improving endurance performance, including V02 max. HIIT can help increase speed, power, endurance. Professional athletes incorporate HIIT into their workout routines because it has been proven to improve athletic performance.
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