Let's HIIT It!


I have never been very good at doing what I am told, which is one reason I love creating my own HIIT workouts. 

HITT workouts are so good, as they work all of your body and you can get them done within 10 minutes, if that is all you have time for. If you are only a beginner you can just do bodyweight exercises, whereas if you are advanced you can start to incorporate weights. Another thing I really like it that you can do it all at home, therefore it is free...no gym membership!

HIIT is a training idea in which low to moderate intensity intervals are alternated with high intensity intervals. In research, HIIT has been shown to burn adipose tissue more effectively than low-intensity exercise - up to 50% more efficiently. There are tonnes of really good HIIT workouts out there that you can follow, but if you are like me and like to create your own, here are my favorite HIIT moves to include:  

  • Squats
  • Lunge
  • Push Up
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Burpees

If you are not familiar with these moves head over to YouTube, there are a wealth of how-to videos waiting for you.

No matter what you include in your HIIT workout, make sure you warm your muscles up properly. We don’t want any pulled muscles stopping your training now do we? It is really important to warm up for a minimum of 3 minutes.

Do each exercise for 30 seconds with 30 seconds rest in between, it is completely up to you how many rounds you do, but make sure you really push yourself.

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31 months ago
Hi Stephanie - I like creating my own HIIT workouts too and use most of those moves (apart from burpees, don't like them much!) + some others like pull ups and dips.

Quick question if you know: I usually try to do 20 or 30 seconds of each exercise but I don't rest in between, I just rest for 30 seconds at the end of each round - do you think it's best to add some rest between individual exercises too or is that entirely up to the individual?
31 months ago
Hi Simon,

Thanks for the comment, I have to admit, I have a love hate relationship with Burpees!

It is completely up to you, what you are talking about is generally called a superset - where you complete a few exercises straight after the other.

What I would say is make sure you are giving yourself enough time to recover after the superset. You need to make sure your heart rate comes back down to get the real benefit off the HIIT sessions.

Hope that helped!