What are the benefits of high-intensity interval training?
Pushing your boundaries during a workout is great, but doing it for a good cause makes it even better. And that’s exactly the case! If you put in the effort, high-intensity interval training is extremely effective.
First advantage: Better physical performance
First of all, high-intensity interval training helps to improve physical performance: a higher exercise threshold and improved strength, speed, and cardiorespiratory capacity. It’s a great way to boost your performance whatever your sport. But that’s not all… You will also feel healthier in your everyday life, like when you’re going up the stairs.
Second advantage: Weight loss and muscle growth
Another benefit that is not to be sniffed at is that it accelerates the process of breaking down adipose tissue (fat loss) and building muscle. Although we’re often told that you need to do at least 40 minutes of moderate exercise (without forcing too much) before we start to burn lipids (and wave goodbye to those unsightly wobbly bits), recent studies have shown high-intensity interval training to be a very effective method for losing weight, and particularly for shifting abdominal fat that sits in and around the stomach area.
After 20 weeks, it is five times more fat-busting than a normal workout!
And while you won’t necessarily lose more weight than you would with moderate exercise, that’s because it increases muscle mass (by working type 2 muscle fibre). As it loses fat and builds muscle, the body will be transformed to achieve a well-toned figure.
Third advantage: It saves time
If you’re short on time or don’t like doing long sessions, you’ll like the fact that HIIT workouts are very short, making them perfect for anyone who struggles to fit exercise into their day. Doing these effective 30-minute training sessions three times a week leads to improved cardiorespiratory function, increased muscle strength, fat loss, and stable or increased muscle mass.