It’s 8:15 p.m., and you’re at home. The gym closes at 9. You’re still planning to honor your commitment to squeeze in a workout before going to bed. By the time you arrive at the gym you will have no more than 25 minutes to workout. What do you do?
High intensity interval training.
HIIT is essentially a workout in which you alternate bursts of intense activity with periods of less intense activity. The benefit? Greater fitness in less time. Perfect for such a night as described above.
That was last night for Andrew and me. Here’s the workout I did on the Elliptical machine:
Now, I should note that the levels are all relative. While level 16 for me means I am working nearly as hard as I can and my heart rate is way up, that was Andrew’s warm-up level. He literally weighs 100 lb more that I do, and gravity helps move those pedals! Because it can vary so much person-to-person, focus more on how you feel than the number on the machine. You should be breathing heavily on your sprints and feeling your heart rate come back down on the “easy”s.
Thumbs up for a good interval workout and a sweaty face.
Now, gather your belongings from the locker room, and walk out the door at 8:59 p.m. to avoid receiving the stink eye from any and all gym employees.