A few months ago, I looked myself in the mirror. My legs and arms were more defined. Nice work!
Only that…I wasn’t really doing anything different. How come and my body had changed?
A-ha! For about a month, I had replaced one of my regular gym workouts with a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) one – bear with me, I’ll explain what this is later in this post.
Since this was just once a week, and since I was replacing a 60-minute gym workout with a 16-min at home workout, I didn’t expect that this change would incur a visible difference to my body.
But…I was wrong. Really wrong.
Since then, I have been a huge fan of High Intensity Training workouts. I have seen for myself, that if you want to get the fastest results, you don’t have to slave away at the gym.
You don’t have to get into workout clothes, drive to the gym for 15 minutes, park the car, get a locker, work out for an hour, then repeat the process to come back home, shower, and finally…Almost two hours later you’re done.
Instead, picture this: You come home from work. You change into workout clothes. Then, you do your exercise. 16 minutes later you’re done and ready to take your shower. You enjoy the paradise of feeling that you get after both exercising and then showering. 25 minutes after you came back home from work, you’re done with exercise, you’ve already showered, and feel energized to have a lovely evening with your family. No extra hassles. No hidden costs of exercise.
An hour’s results, in just 16 minutes? Is there a catch?
This is not your usual comfy workout. This is a High Intensity Interval Training workout. Your focus is on really high intensity for a few seconds. You then take a rest. Repeat for 16 minutes and you’re done.
For example: You do as many push-ups as you can for 20 seconds. You then rest for 10 seconds. You then go ahead and do as many squats as you can for 20 seconds. You then again take a break for 10 seconds.
You try to really do as many reps as you can during your 20 second periods, so that you force your muscles to grow.
Author Samy Peyret of Max Capacity Training says:
“You must push yourself if you want to progress; otherwise, you’ll stay right where you are”.
That’s exactly why HIIT works so well – it forces your muscles your grow a lot more than your usual comfortable workouts do.
“Doing 10 one-minute sprints on a standard stationary bike with about one minute of rest in between, three times a week, works as well in improving muscle as many hours of conventional long-term biking less strenuously.”
I know it sounds crazy that 16-minutes can produce better results than an hour. No matter how many studies you I had read, I only believed it when I saw the results in the mirror.
But don’t take my word for it. Try doing a High Intensity Interval Training workout for yourself!
Try this 16-minute, at home High Intensity Interval Training workout routine
No equipment needed for this bodyweight home workout routine! I love it because it works each and every muscle of your body. Plus, this High Intensity Interval Training workout routine is not just training your muscles – it’s also great cardio.
Enough said. Here’s what we’ll be doing:
1. Push-ups (excellent for your abs, arms, chest, shoulders, and back)
2. Snowboarder’s Squats (excellent for your legs and butt, amazing as home cardio)