We’re seeing so much HIIT lately on the gram with everyone’s favourite influencer going LIVE for enterTRAINment
𝗧𝗿𝘂𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀 𝟭𝟬𝟬% 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮 𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 - 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝗧𝗮𝗯𝗮𝘁𝗮 (𝟮𝟬 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸, 𝟭𝟬 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝟴 𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝘀).
Firstly, I love HIIT. I love the feeling afterwards, drenched in sweat, knowing I had pushed myself
The draw to HIIT is very appealing, I get it. All pain and gain to get lean and have the feel good endorphins flowing…
Science confirms that HIIT is highly effective for fat loss. “Compare the physiques of top-level sprinters to top-level distance runners” is a simplistic, logical response many give when asked why they feel interval training is superior
At this point, it probably sounds like a no-brainer; just do interval training all the time and get lean. Kayla’s doing it!
Not so fast.
Muscle grows from exercise via muscle damage, mechanical tension, and metabolic stress. HIIT generally works the same way, so it must be treated with respect.
However, the CNS (central nervous system) is primarily affected by high-intensity work and takes at least 48 hours to recover, so HIIT requires adequate recovery very similar to intense resistance training.
Failure to fully recover frequently can lead to poor immune system function, insomnia, excessive cortisol being released which can lead to body fat gain and illness.
What I am getting at is, there is a lot of stress imposed on the body daily. From personal life to your training, your body is under stress a lot.
With the right amounts (things you can control like training and nutrition), your body can adapt and improve. Adaptations to your training are a consolidation of imposed stressors, which determine your muscle gains, fat loss, and strength levels.
However, constantly completing HIIT workouts daily and not recovering, your training will no longer serve as a catalyst to your goals… Instead it will break you down.
So, what should you do?
My advice is this: If you’re an intermediate in the gym (2+ years training) you may be able to do 3 days a week of true HIIT. If you’re a more advanced gym goer, you may be able to do only 1–2 days a week of true high intensity interval training.
Try to implement some low intensity, steady state training, strength training and mobility to supplement the other gaps in your training program.
𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀, 𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵. 𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽.