Ready for a killer workout you can do anywhere? All you need is a stopwatch, your body weight and maybe a water bottle to power through this sweat-tastic, 20-minute HIIT workout. Jess Doss, a Head Trainer and certified group fitness instructor at Orangetheory Fitness, says if weight loss is your goal, interval training will help get you there.
"If your goal is to burn fat and torch calories, interval training should be a part of your routine," Doss told Womanista. "By combining intense (key word: intense!) periods of work with short recovery segments, the magic behind HIIT (high intensity interval training) is that it keeps your body burning calories long after your workout."
In other words, your body is working really hard for a short amount of time, then resting for a bit, then revving back up for another activity burst. Doss even says that the extra work your body does to recover after a HIIT workout means that you're burning more calories even after your workout.
"During a HIIT workout, your body creates a 'debt' of oxygen that must be repaid post workout in order to get back to normal levels. The extra work required to do this results in a revved up metabolism for hours," she says.
Exercises that work the entire body are best when it comes to interval training, Doss says, and when creating an interval workout, "try to pair two exercises back to back before your recovery."
"Don't allow yourself to fully recover before moving on to the next set," she said. "This will help keep your heart rate up and add that 'cardio' element to the workout."
Ready to test out a HIIT workout? Try the beach body workout ahead that Doss created — do it at the gym, at the park or even in your living room.
Warm-up: 2 minutes
0:00 - 1:00: Jumping jacks
1:00 - 1:30: Body weight squats
2:00 - 3:00: Sumo squat (with dumbbell)
3:00 - 3:30: Pop jacks
3:30 - 4:30: Rest
4:30 - 5:30: Pushups
5:30 - 6:00: Mountain climbers
6:00 - 7:00: Rest
7:00 - 8:00: Alternating lunges to shoulder press (with dumbbells)
8:00 - 8:30: Alternating jump lunges
8:30 - 9:30: Rest
9:30 - 10:30: Plank with alternating rows (with dumbbells)
10:30 - 11:00: Burpees
11:00 - 12:00: Rest
12:00 - 13:00: Curtsy lunge with lateral raise (with dumbells)
13:00 - 13:30: Speed skater lunges
13:30 - 14:30: Rest
14:30 - 15:30: Deadlifts
15:30 - 16:00: Jump squats
16:00 - 17:00: Rest
17:00 - 18:00: Palms to elbows (alternating)
18:00 - 18:30: Bicycles
18:30 - 19:30: Complete!
How'd you do? Repeat this quick, efficient workout 2-3 times per week for best weight loss results.
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