3 Benefits of HIIT Training
Most of you know you should be training with high intensity, but do you really know why? If for some reason you don't know what it is – HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training.
HIIT takes short intense bursts of exercise and pairs it with short periods of rest. In my opinion it’s one of the absolute best protocols for fat loss.
Below are my top 3 HIIT training hacks for you so you truly understand the awesome benefits of HIIT training.
Benefit #1 – HIIT can boost those hormones
HIIT does burn calories, but it also does so much more. Training at such an intense level can create a prime metabolic environment for fat loss. HIIT has been shown to boost not only testosterone levels but also growth hormone levels after as little as 10 minutes of effort. The bonus growth hormone and testosterone are a dynamic combo when it comes to accelerated fat loss and lean muscle gains.
Benefit #2 – Build Lean Muscle
Building lean muscle is hard but extended HIIT programs have been shown to increase lean muscle mass on athletes. Adding lean muscle pays off huge with it comes to burning calories at rest. In short the more lean muscle you have on your body the higher your metabolic rate is, meaning you burn more fat when sitting around doing nothing – pretty awesome stuff. When I say muscle mass don’t think “BIG & BULKY” think more in terms of the lean muscle you seen on a college or Olympic level sprinter, lean, strong, powerful muscles.
Benefit #3 – HIIT burns more fat than your “traditional cardio”
The long & short of it – HIIT can a much higher rate of fat than your traditional long-boring steady state cardio or endurance training can.
Now you can hop on a treadmill for an hour and burn more calories for sure, but when we are talking about burning fat HIIT is in a class of its own. A little something called EPOC – excess post-exercise oxygen consumption is what makes this possible. In simple stupid terms EPOC is what we call the “after burn” effect in fitness. Where your body is burning extra calories and fat long after your training session is over. Just another reason I personally love HIIT over walking like a hamster on a treadmill for hours.