15 Feb, 2016

HIIT Workouts and Sauna Recovery

HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training and is one of the most fashionable exercise trends of the past 2 years. With HIIT you have to train as hard as you can but only for a short intense period. These bursts of intense exertion are interspersed with rest intervals for light cardio. The reason people are going crazy for HIIT is that it keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time making it very efficient.

“A high-intensity workout increases the body’s need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery,” says Eric Salvador, NASM, NSCA, head instructor at The Fhitting Room in New York City

Anyone can do HIIT workouts, whether on the treadmill, in the street or in their living room. Whether its running or body weight exercises, the principle is the same; crazy hard work for a minute or so, then a few minutes of light exercise and repeat.

HIIT Workouts can include any of the following exercises:

  • Sprints
  • Sit ups
  • Push ups
  • Burpees
  • Jump Squats
  • Tricep Dips

You can combine these or focus on specific exercises but you are by no means limited to the exercises listed here. Intensity is the key.

HIIT workouts aren’t ideal for extended stamina training, such as preparation for a marathon, but it is a great way to lose weight quickly. The high intensity workouts can make your muscles feel a bit sore though, so you might consider a visit to spa LONDON for a nice massage after training. The sauna could help you too.

Bodybuilder Marc “the Machine” answers a question in this video about whether visiting the sauna after HIIT workouts is a good idea. Marc is right to say that the sauna won’t help you make gains and won’t make any significant contribution to your progress in this respect, but he neglects to mention some of thebenefits of a post workout visit to the sauna.

Hyperthermic conditioning makes your body better at withstanding endurance exercises such as HIIT work outs. It also helps your muscles relax after an intense session. Muscles heal faster with the sauna and may even contribute to gains, despite what “the machine says”.

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