HIIT (high-intensity interval) training is all the rage. While some may be reluctant to jump on the HIIT bandwagon, this type of training has provided excellent results for many years. Circuit, interval, and Fartlek training (yes, I still laugh like a 12 year-old boy when I say that) all incorporate short bursts of exercise to build endurance and strength while incinerating fat.
Many falsely believe that HIIT training is only for advanced exercisers. Popular workout methods, such as Crossfit and Insanity, have helped perpetuate this myth. However, even brand new exercisers and senior citizens can benefit from beginner-level HIIT training. (For example, a brisk walk for 2 minutes, followed by 30 seconds of bicep curls, repeat). I love HIIT and use it with my clients constantly because it provides the most effective workout in the shortest amount of time. Furthermore, HIIT is a boredom-buster. Not only are there an abundance of exercises available, but the mind must be focused during intense bursts of activity.
Lastly, HIIT is a great way to combat plateaus. I provided nutrition counseling to a frustrated client earlier this year. He wanted to lose weight, but was feeling stuck, as eating habits and medical problems had severely damaged his metabolism. I recommended he change from sustained aerobic activity to HIIT training. He contacted me three months later to tell me he was losing 1-2 pounds per week (a very safe rate of weight loss). I encourage everyone to give HIIT methods a try!