High Intensity Interval Training is all the rage in the fitness world, but is it really as effective as they say? Research has proven that there are many benefits of H.I.I.T. training, but you should also not rule out steady state cardio. The latest research studies have actually shown individuals get the most benefit from mixing both high intensity intervals and steady state cardio within the same workout.
Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training mixed with Steady State Cardio
- In a recent study done measuring VO2 max, it was found that by doing higher intensity workouts for shorter duration, you can increase your VO2 max by up to 42% in just 8 weeks of training. That is almost double!
- It was also found that your peak power can increase by 19.4% when using H.I.I.T. in your workouts as well. What athlete doesn’t want that?
- In a variety of studies, individuals found that on average they lost 44% of visceral fat by doing the H.I.I.T. training opposed to those who did not. That is the most dangerous area to store fat in the human body, which is another great reason we should all be including this in our workouts.
- The mitochondria of the cell is where your body burns fat for fuel. When using H.I.I.T. training, your cells produce 15-50% more mitochondria and then also increase up to 55% their original size. What that means is there are more places in your body to burn fat, even when you’re not working out!
Most importantly, all of the above benefits were found to only increase with H.I.I.T. and steady state cardio being mixed within workouts. Strength training does not give the same results.
Click the link below to download my most recent H.I.I.T. + Steady State mixed workout. It’s a killer but so awesome! (note: you can do this inside on a treadmill or outside)