If you’ve been following fitness accounts on Instagram, you might have noticed a surge in popularity in a new workout – HIIT workouts.
Unlike your usual workout routine that usually spans an hour, a HIIT workout is a high-intensity interval training where brief periods of speed are alternated with recovery periods.
Sessions involve pushing yourself to nearly your peak heart rate for short bursts of time (usually 30 seconds to a minute), cooling down for a similar timeframe with a less intense exercise before picking up the pace again and repeating for a few cycles.
Workouts often involve dynamic full-body exercises such as lunges, squats, planks and jumping jacks and are known to be intense and brutal. The upside is that you can be done in a few minutes to half an hour, tops.
So popular is the high intensity interval method that a growing number of gyms here have begun incorporating HIIT classes into their class schedules.
While it was initially limited to circuit-style classes where a variety of body weight exercises were done in quick succession, HIIT can these days be found in the most unlikely of exercise styles, including yoga, barre, boxing and power plates.
Text: Ankita Varma / The Straits Times / October 2017
Additional text: Hidayah Idris
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