HIIT workouts—otherwise known as high intensity interval training—are almost every trainer’s top choice for one reason alone: they deliver real results.
”High-intensity interval training is basically any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest," fitness expert Tanja Djelevic told us as we were researching ways to cut our workouts in half and get faster results (spoiler alert: it’s actually possible).
For example, proponents of HIIT would argue that running at full force with short rests in between would burn more fat and give better results than running at the same steady pace for the same duration; there have been numerous scientific studies that support this claim, too.
Another benefit of HIIT workouts: they’re great for those who get bored easily (hear, hear!). Rather than zone out on the elliptical or treadmill yet again, you're almost forced to stay focused—and thus, motivated—in a HIIT workout the entire time.
Few things are worse than a boring workout—a torturous workout that's ineffective is one of those things. This is why we’ve gathered some of the best HIIT workouts from across the web in one place. Whether you prefer your HIIT via cardio or weights (or a mix of both), you’ll find a workout suited for your body-toning, fat-burning desires ahead.
Keep scrolling, and get ready to hit it (no pun intended)!
Three rounds of five exercises—done and done.
Don't let the fact that this is a low-impact workout fool you. It'll make you break a sweat and give you great results.
Here's a full-length, total-body workout that combines strength training and cardio.
For a quickie, try this intense 10-minute workout with celebrity trainer Astrid McGuire.
If working out is a total bore for you, this might be the remedy. This workout offers a different exercise for every interval. The 25 minutes should go by like a breeze.
This 15-minute workout could be the sweet spot between getting a quick workout out of the way and feeling like you pushed yourself hard enough.