High-intensity workouts, like Tabata and HIIT, are all the rage, ranking at the top of fitness trends for 2014 and for good reason. I’ve been doing this style of workout myself and with my clients for years, and can say these exercises work wonders. You get your heart rate up and can burn more fat in less time. They’re also more fun than slogging away on a treadmill.
The idea is to give your all for quick, intense bursts of exercise followed by a short active or inactive rest period.
Here are some of my favorite moves. You can do them anywhere and with no equipment (all you need is a timer). Perform each exercise for 20 to 30 seconds, followed by a recovery period of 10 to 15 seconds or with an “active” recovery period (marching/jogging in place):
One round takes four-to-six minutes to complete and you can repeat the routine several times. Warm-up for a few minutes by jogging in place and stretch as needed. Make sure you're hydrated before, during and after your session and always listen to your body.
Let me know how you do!
Stand with feet together, knees soft, abs pulled in tight and hands tucked in front of chest.