HiiT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and is hands down one of the best ways to burn fat without causing your body to catabolize your own muscle tissue. This is important because you don’t want to lose the muscles you have worked so hard to gain.
HiiT is a special type of interval training that also offers the important advantage of continuing to burn fat for many hours after your workout has ended. This is not true for many other types of workouts.
HiiT is based on research by Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo, Japan. Participants in the study increased their anaerobic capacity by an average of 28% and their VO2max by 14%.
The Tabata Protocol, published in the journal of Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise in 1996 concluded that just four minutes of high intensity Tabata interval training did more to increase aerobic and anaerobic capacity than did an hour of steady state cardio exercise.
HiiT features three different high intensity routines that are all right around 30 minutes or less making these workouts perfect for you to use on days where you’re short on time.
Despite the benefits and popularity of HiiT training very few videos or DVDs have been made for the home exerciser utilizing this method. Were excited to be one of the first companies to introduce on DVD three HiiT training workouts for the exerciser that really wants a tough and short workout plus all of the benefits of high intensity interval training.
Wow…I feel like I did when I did my first Cathe video years ago!!!!!!! Barely survived it.
My first SC done today! 30/30…a fantastic workout! Loved how fast it went. The fun factor was as high as my HR! I was a dripping mess when it ended…I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed.
This was one of the toughest workouts I’ve done. And I just did Drill Max, BodyMax 2, and Bootcamp last week.
The first HiiT workout is 30/30 and this is perhaps the easiest of the three HiiT workouts, but don’t be fooled, this is still a very tough Cathe workout. As the title suggests, each HiiT s 30/30 interval is divided into 30 second high energy, plyo reps, followed by an equal 30 second rest for a total of 16 tough intervals. This method of cardio training is also known as the half and half method since you have an equal amount of high intensity reps and rest with each interval. The only equipment you need for this workout is a step. So double knot your laces and let’s “Hit it” with Cathe
The 2nd HiiT workout is 40/20 and you’ll be doing 16 intervals based on the Tabata Protocol ratio of 2 to 1 for work and rest. Each interval will be divided into 40 second high energy, plyo reps followed by a 20 second rest. 3 additional one minute breaks will be spread throughout the program, and trust me, you’ll be glad they are there. HiiT 40/20 is one tough workout, but is only 29 minutes in length so it is perfect for days when you don’t have a lot of time, but still want a hard and intense workout.
The 3rd HiiT workout is Double Wave Pyramid. This HiiT workout doesn’t require any equipment and you’ll do two rounds of intervals separated by only a one minute rest. In each round, you’ll follow a pyramid cycle of nine intervals, in which you’ll start your first set with a 20 second interval, and work your way up to the top of the pyramid, increasing each interval by five seconds as you go. Then you’ll work your way back down the pyramid decreasing each interval by five seconds.