Why You Should Try a HIIT Workout

Structuring a HIIT Workout

When structuring a HIIT-style workout, be careful about incorporating heavy technical exercises that become more dangerous as you get tired. Exercises like the heavy squat should be replaced by a safer version, such as a goblet squat. 

When combining exercises into a circuit, you can either alternate upper body exercises with lower body exercise or, as you become more fit, combine three to four lower body exercises all together. 

Typically, I like to complete three to four sets of eight to ten repetitions of the circuit while taking a three-minute break in-between each set (no rest during the circuit). Two or three separate circuits are usually enough to give a sufficient stress stimulus to cause your body to adapt (i.e. get fitter).  With this setup, your workout can be cut in half.

For beginners, I encourage you to try the Tabata method, which is simply one type of HIIT workout. These two workouts below give you step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions and GIFs, so you won’t get confused.

30-Minute Bodyweight Tabata Workout

20-Minute Tabata Core Workout

If you want more HIIT workouts, download the free ACTIVEX app here, which features customizable Tabata-based interval workouts with in-app coaching.

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