Lose more weight by taking strength and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes!
We all want to look our best in the summer sun and these two workouts are guaranteed to get you into your best shape ever.
Yep, HIIT is where it’s at!
Two words: fast results.
HIIT workouts intersperse bursts of high-intensity exercises with active recovery or rest. The duration of a HIIT workout varies, but they all follow the same model – intense work followed by active recovery. Repeat.
In every HIIT workout, you are (safely) pushed to exercise at 100% effort for several intervals with short bouts of rest in between keeping your heart rate up throughout the workout. Exercising at max capacity means your body increases oxygen consumption during active rest. “This after-burn effect is referred to as ‘excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC)’ and is the reason why intense exercise will help you burn more fat” and lose more weight.
Check out the research behind how increased EPOC leads to better long-term fitness improvements.
The history of HIIT
There isn’t a singular genesis moment for high-intensity interval training workouts. The main consensus is that HIIT-style exercises were first used to train elite athletes for competition dating back to the 1912 Olympics with the first scientific publication of HIIT workouts emerging in 1959.
Although there are several forms of HIIT, perhaps the most widely known style is Tabata. Named after Professor Izumi Tabata, Tabata interval training was developed in 1996 for Olympic speed skaters. The interval workout includes 20 seconds of intense exercise followed by 10 seconds of active rest, repeated non-stop for 4 minutes. After completing this type of training for 6 weeks, studies showed that Tabata participants “improved their anaerobic performance and lowered their BMI more than those who exercised at a steady state for the same time-frame.”
Now, that you know why HIIT workouts are major fat-blasters it’s time to experience them for yourself!
Jumpstart your weight loss with one of our HIIT classes this week:
Okay, what about strength training?
When thinking of how to lose more weight, cardio exercises inevitably come to mind, but that’s only half of the story.
Enter stage left: strength training.
Strength training incorporates weights, resistance equipment or body-weight based strength moves to contract your muscles, forcing them to work. Over time, this increases muscle mass. Increased muscle mass turns your body into an efficient, fat-burning machine because muscles burn more calories to sustain themselves. The more muscle mass you have, the more fat and calories you burn around the clock; even when you’re not working out.
If you’re a woman worried about turning into the Incredible Hulk by lifting heavy weights: don’t. Women, by nature, don’t have enough testosterone turn into Arnold Schwarzenegger. Instead, gals who lift heavy weights or strength train change their body composition. Think tighter abs, a lifted booty, toned arms and shoulders… You get the idea. Discovery Learning’s article gives a bit more insight into why strength training does the body gooood, especially for women looking to lose more weight and tone up.
To see results, it’s recommended that you strength train at least twice per week and we’ve got you covered with several class options! From BODYPUMP™ to Sculpt & Tone, and TRX & Tone Circuit, our strength training classes cater to all fitness levels and deliver a total-body workout that will build long, lean muscles!
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