Recently I joined a health club located just across the street from our home in Raleigh. Well I noticed a little room across from all of the cardio equipment they call the Express Circuit. It just so happened that I walked over just as they were starting a 30-minute class. The leader was surprised by my moves on the step stations. She stated, “you must have done this before!” If she only knew!
FLASH BACK…As I stood there with my muscles shaking, heart rate racing, lungs burning I remembered those great workouts at CURVES BY MIKE! Yes, as you can see by the photo I have done it before along with a lot of friends. From 1993 to 1997 CURVES BY MIKE, as many of you remember and can attest to, was a facility totally dedicated to the principles described by Wikipedia, “HIIT is a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. HIIT is the concept where one performs a short burst of high-intensity (or max-intensity) exercise followed by a brief low-intensity activity, repeatedly, until too exhausted to continue. Though there is no universal HIIT session duration, these intense workouts typically last under 30 minutes, with times varying based on a participant's current fitness level.”
As I finished stretching after the workout having spent about 38 minutes’ total in the club I saw the majority of the people in the club still on the same treadmill, elliptical, or bike. I have been back several times and I usually do the circuit alone and have only seen one other person doing the circuit. Most of the people have no clue that they could cut their workout time in half or more, burn more calories, loss more body fat, improve their physical fitness, cardiovascular health and cognitive health. Numerous studies show how much more beneficial in all these areas HIIT is compared to steady state exercise. If you want to get the most bang for your exercise time than HIIT it!
The beauty of this training is you can get significant benefits with training times as short as 10 minutes. Many clubs offer some type of HIIT classes, and if your club does not hire a personal trainer and get an individualized program you can do at the club or at home.
Remember, always check with your physician before starting any program and if you are new to HIIT start slow and build.
P.S. I happened to see one of my former members today after my workout. It didn't take him long to share his memories of my assisting him through some HIIT workouts back in the early 1980's. I guess that is what you call a lasting impression. It always does my heart good to see former members and personal training clients still maintain those healthy lifestyle habits started so many years ago. Keep Up The Good Work!