Ballistic, high intensity movements are an awesome addition to any workout. They’re sometimes tough to push through, but they’re worth the effort.
High intensity training has plenty of press coverage so you can find lists of benefits all over the place, as well as solidly backed articles. . .
For the naysayers, I’d encourage giving it a go for a time and you will notice many of the purported benefits yourself, nevermind what others are saying.
That said, it isn’t something you need – nor should – do every workout. The body gets pushed quite a bit during HIIT, so it’s important to also take a rest. Two to three times a week is generally the recommendation (though don’t take it from me directly, as I’m not a doc myself.)
I personally love adding it in here or there. Some of my favorite non-equipment HIIT exercises include:
- Active Skater Lunges
- Jump Squats
- Bench Hops
I find that these jazz me just a bit more than steady state cardio, and are a great addition to my regular weight lifting routine. HIIT exercises give me (and my metabolism) a nice boost, help me be as efficient as I can be with my workouts, as well as increase my endurance for Martial Arts.
If you haven’t tried HIIT before, start slow – try some jumping jacks, jump rope, or jogging in place to start. You don’t have to make it impossible (which honestly will only make you jump ship that much quicker!)
It’s okay to take your time building up! HIIT is an awesome “bang for your buck” approach to fitness – the benefits are not only ones you’ll feel, but ones you will see.
Keep up the awesome work!