Burn More Fat in No Time with HIIT Workouts

Summer bodies are made in the winter, right? Too bad we’re less than one month away from summer, so if you’re like me and have been slacking at the gym, meet HIIT workout, your new favorite fat-blasting routine!

Whether it’s the elliptical or jumping rope, our #HoodRatGymRat, Vashtie, is all about working on her fitness and mixing workouts as she sees fit. If you find yourself bored and unmotivated by the same monotonous moves, this one is for you.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has been practiced amongst bodybuilders to help burn more fat, improve aerobic and anaerobic endurance, and build strength. Here’s the best part: each exercise is usually performed once and lasts for about 20-40 seconds with a ten second break in between each. Active intervals (walking around, boxer shuffle…) also plays an vital component to reduce cardiovascular “shock” while making the most from your workout.

The HIIT method has been said to be more effective than normal cardio because the intensity is higher and it speeds up your metabolism, which helps you burn more calories throughout the day. Depending on your #bodygoals, you can create your own HIIT workout by listing specific exercises and noting the reps and sets so that you can transition smoothly during the 10 second breaks.

Let’s talk food: pre-workout grubs includes healthy carbohydrates (oatmeal, whole-wheat bread) and a cup of coffee to help fuel your muscles and defeat fatigue; post-workout meals aims to rebuild what was depleted which you can do so with milk and fruit, a whole-wheat chicken wrap, or some Greek yogurt with oats within a 30-45 minute window.

Here’s a confession: I have unknowingly partaken in a HIIT class at 305 Fitness and loved it. I recall the burst of energy, repetitive dance moves and sweet sweat dripping during the hour-long course. I have to admit, I underestimated the consequences of an early morning dance party once I found myself sore the next morning after my first session. Now, are you up for the challenge?

Full Body HIIT Workout:

40 seconds Jump Squats
10 second rest
40 seconds Dips
10 second rest
40 seconds Glute Bridges
10 second rest
40 seconds Russian Twists
10 second rest
40 seconds Reverse Crunches
10 second rest
40 seconds Jumping Jack

Try out different exercises that suit your goals via these YouTube clips and Pinterest boards !

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