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I am often asked why HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is so popular. The simple answer is because it works! The HIIT class format uses short bursts of intense activity (anywhere from 20-60 seconds) followed by low intensity activity recovering activity (10-20 seconds). Research has shown that a HIIT regimen can successfully produced significant reductions in the fat mass of the whole body. Interval training can improve cardiovascular output as well as build and tone muscles. HIIT workouts are structured to work the whole body in a fun, high energy setting.
A member survey from Canfit Pro the Canadian fitness industry governing body showed that HIIT was ranked the number one fitness trend for 2017 for the third year in a row.
The HIIT regime started in the 1970s by athletics coach Peter Coe, father of famed British runner Sebastian Coe. Coe set sessions involving repeated fast 200 metre runs with only 30 second recovery between each set. Another version of HIIT was created in the 1990’s by Professor Izumi Tabata initially involving Olympic speedskaters. His method used 20 second periods of high intensity activity followed by 10 seconds of recovery repeated continuously for 4 minutes (8 cycles).
No matter your fitness level, HIIT classes are beneficial and more importantly, fun!
Jo-Anne Sheffield – Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer/Running Team Lead