Back in high school, you probably hated math with a passion. That’s fine! But the following equation you will love:
HIIT + Resistance Training = Stubborn Fat Buster
That’s right! Combining HIIT & resistance training will blast stubborn body fat. Need proof of this assertion? Stop reading and go Google search “male or female sprinter body” and view their images. (Be sure to come back though.)
Those lean, chiseled sprinters’ physiques you saw were mainly engineered by combining HIIT & resistance training.
Due to the nature of their sport, they utilize both training protocols.
You may not be planning to go against Usain Bolt and other sprinters for Olympic gold; however, you can look the part! Let’s analyze why this training protocol is effective towards fat loss.
What is HIIT?
The benefits of resistance training (i.e., weight lifting, resistance bands, calisthenics, etc.) have been well-documented.
Meanwhile, HIIT is still a fairly new training routine to the general fitness community.
HIIT has been used over for many years as the go-to training-style for many athletes to get physically (and mentally) prepared to give it their way on the playing field or court.
If you breakdown the word, HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training, it practically tells you on what is.
HIIT is when you choose an exercise of your choice to train in a high intense fashion followed by low to moderately intense exercise or rest periods.
This style of training will elevate your heart rate to a level that supersedes walking or jogging alone.
Another beautiful thing about HIIT is that your choice of what exercise to use for this training style are endless.
Because of the physical demand of this training technique, most individuals should do it 1 to 2 times per week resting at least 48 hours in between workout sessions.
Also, you should keep performing HIIT for just 3 to 20 minutes per session, especially if you are a beginner.
The following are several benefits you receive when you utilize HIIT:
Major health benefits
• Greatly improves endurance
• Increases fat-burning potential
• Increases testosterone production
• Maintains or gain lean muscle mass
• Increases strength levels
• Improves muscularity
• Improves athletic performance (for you weekend warriors )
• Elevates your metabolism up to 24 hours after exercise is completed
• Variety of exercises
• Improves sex drive
• Can perform the exercises anywhere
• Very time-efficient
• Improves heart & lung function
Exercise Combinations for HIIT & Resistance Training Method
There is plenty of evidence that illustrate the effectiveness of HIIT and resistance training performed individually.
But combining them maximizes your fat-burning potential. Of course, what would be an “ultimate fat loss” article without showing you some exercises?
Here are 3 HIIT and resistance training exercise combinations that you can do in the gym today.
(Note: First exercise is resistance training and second exercise is HIIT)