Why I love HIIT

Interval training!! I kind of want to shout it from the rooftops. It is one of the best ways to loose belly fat, increases metabolism and can require no equipment at all!

A little background on HIIT- A high intensity workout increases the body’s need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery. This is the reason why intense exercise will help burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic and steady workouts. I’ve been loving the results I’ve seen from Tabata HIIT training and have been incorporating in every single workout lately!

What is Tabata?

Tabata is one of the most popular forms of high-intensity interval training (aka HIIT). It consists of 8 rounds of ultra-high intensity exercises in a specific 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off interval.

I’m completely addicted to Tabata timer apps! The one above times intervals for you, making it super convenient to switch from a sprint to a rest. You can also use this timer for any type of Tabata training you choose. I usually start my workout on the treadmill at a light jog then start the app at a 9-10 pace for 20 seconds then 10 seconds of rest. Once complete, I start weight training. Then repeat that sequence (tabata + weight training) 3 times. Bye bye belly fat and hello baby abs!

In addition to cardio, Tabata can also be done with weights and body weight exercises.

Some of my favorites:

Burpees

Jump squat

Lunge squat

Kettlebell swing

Push ups

Ski abs

Russian Twists

Do you have a favorite fitness app or timer that you use to train?

xo, Jenna