Mar 16, 2016

Take your training to the next level with a HIIT workout at Branston. Held in Studio 1 at 7pm on a Wednesday evening, prepare yourself for 45mins of relentless intensity. You will be in good company as Sebastian Coe regularly used HIIT workouts in his training.

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. HIIT workouts are known for being great at blasting that fat and improving cardiovascular function, but they only work if you are really prepared and motivated to put the top end of your effort in.

So how does the class work? Normally, there will be periods of intense exercise that require you to give 100%. This means getting out of breathe and making those muscles burn. Following on from this, there will be a rest period. Why? The rest period allows you to recover, meaning that when you go for your next bout of intense exercise, you can give as much to it, as you did in the first. This is where those benefits come.

The most well-known version of HIIT is the Tabata protocol. Developed by Professor Izumi Tabata in 1996, participants had to work for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds rest until x8 20 seconds intervals had been completed. Participants could then rest for one minute before starting again. Why not give that a go in the gym next time you are there?! Use bodyweight exercises or do intervals on a bike or treadmill for a really good workout.

Category: Health & Fitness