What is HIIT?

What is HIIT?

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a workout technique where you exert 100% all-out effort in short bursts of exercise. You typically take very short or active rests between sets. This type of training incorporates aerobic and anaerobic exercise and keeps your heart rate up.

These workouts are intense, but relatively quick – with really good results.

You burn more fat doing HIIT workouts than doing steady state cardio. HIIT workouts increase your metabolism and your body continues to burn calories for several hours after you’re done.

HIIT workouts are also really good for runners.

HIIT is great for when you want a really good workout but you don’t have a lot of time. I did a lot of HIIT workouts when I was in nursing school and when I worked night shift at the hospital.

Above is an example of a HIIT workout I did a few weeks ago when I was on vacation.

I didn’t have any equipment and I didn’t have a lot of time, but this really made me sweat 😀

I did 30 seconds on, 10 second rest, 30 seconds on. I did the entire workout 3 times through.

I incorporated upper body, lower body, and core specific exercises to make a whole body workout that took less than 20 minutes from start to finish.

I’m probably not helping myself gain respect in fitness or photography when I write up workouts on dirty paper towels.

I use the app Gymboss on my phone. It’s a FREE interval timer. You can make your own intervals with rest periods and save multiple workouts to the app. It doesn’t require wifi so you can use it anywhere.


HIIT workouts are nice because you can use as little or as much equipment as you want. You can do an infinite number of workouts with just your body weight. And a jump rope or dumbbell go a long way in changing things up and adding an extra challenge.

There are great HIIT resources and workouts all over the internet. Several of my Pinterest boards contain HIIT workouts. There are also tons of websites with free HIIT workout videos.

Have you tried HIIT workouts before? What are your go-to websites for HIIT workouts?

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