The truth about HIIT workouts
If you have ever felt stuck in a rut when it comes to your workouts at the gym or you've hit a plateau in your fitness progression, then it may be time to change things around and shake up your usual steady state cardio queen workout.
If you've ever heard someone talking about HIIT workouts and wondered what that meant, HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. According to Men's Health, "High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a form of exercise in which you alternate between very intense anaerobic periods and slower recovery periods for a shorter, more efficient workout."
Personally, I love incorporating two interval training workouts to my fitness schedule each week, but as with all forms of exercise, it's important to ensure you're allowing for ample rest time. As trainer Josh Bryant says, "Overtraining leads to overflow. If you're overtraining, intervals can tax your CNS (central nervous system) and cause muscle damage, mechanical tension, and metabolic stress. Like lifting heavy iron, interval training must be allotted sufficient recovery time."
What's so great about this form of exercise? I'm so glad you asked.