Why You Should Be Doing HIIT and Tabata Training

HIITing It

You may have heard people talking about their “hit” workout recently and wondered what kind of new kickboxing craze might have come to town. HIIT is actually an acronym for High Intensity Interval Training and it’s something you should be doing.

What is HIIT?

A HIIT workout is any exercise you perform at high intensity intervals with short periods of rest in between. One of the most popular versions of this is tabata. Tabatas are typically done in a 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off format for 8 rounds, totaling 4 minutes. You might think that sounds like a wimpy workout, but performing high intensity exercises like burpees or squat jumps, even for 20 second bursts, can be exhausting! This is great news for those of us pressed for time but trying to get a quality workout in.

Why should I start to HIIT it?

A HIIT workout of just 10-20 minutes can burn the same number of calories as a lengthy stint on the treadmill. You can also make significant aerobic gains using this supercharged short workout. By rapidly increasing your heart rate and only allowing your body short breaks to recover, your heart and lungs are forced to adjust quickly. As your body gets better and better at recovering quickly, your aerobic abilities are greatly enhanced.

More HIIT benefits

Some additional benefits to a HIIT workout are that you need little to no equipment, which means you can “HIIT” it anywhere! Perhaps most significantly, after a HIIT workout, your metabolism ramps up which results in significant additional calorie burn. What’s better than burning more calories - even when you aren’t working out?


Bottom line: if you can get yourself mentally and physically through a short HIIT workout, your body will thank you for it. You’ll be a calorie burning machine and breathing a little easier at your next workout. Are you ready to HIIT it?