by Christina

Finding the perfect routine for my body is a constant work in progress...For the past 4 months, I have kept up with Pilates Plus classes 3x weekly (I'm loving the results, more on that workout soon!), but cardio is lacking. Too much makes me too thin (yes, there is such a thing) and too little makes me thick. It was time to find balance.

Cycling has always been a staple for me, but i've become bored with it in recent months. After a quick discussion with my pilates instructor, she suggested taking it to the treadmill, incorporating HIIT training instead of distance running. So, what is HIIT exactly?

HIIT stands for “High Intensity Interval Training”, in which low to moderate intensity intervals are alternated with high intensity intervals. Instead of maintaining one speed throughout your cardio workout, you switch the pace depending on how intense you would like it to be. More intensity, means less time on the machine…which is always a bonus for me. Because of the increased intensity, HIIT is considered to be much more effective than normal cardio and you are able to increase both your aerobic and anaerobic endurance while burning more fat than ever before!

Why I love it?

  • It's quick. I can be in and out of the gym within a half and hour, there's simply no excuses with that limited amount of time to take out of my day!
  • It scorches calories. The effect of all that intense exertion kicks your body's repair cycle into hyperdrive, meaning you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout
  • It's fun. Yes, you read right...cardio can be fun! Get a great playlist together and rock out
  • It can be done anywhere. No treadmill, no problem! Hit the pavement and get the job done wherever you are!

Here's an example of what my HIIT workout looks like, be sure to consult a trainer to develop your own that meets your body's needs:

  • 30 seconds Sprint: 8.0mph @ 5.0 incline
  • 30 seconds Jump to side of treadmill
  • 30 seconds Sprint: 8.0mph @ 5.0 incline
  • 30 seconds Jump to side of treadmill
  • …. Repeat this for a total of 20 times