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As the summer slowly comes to an end, many parents are looking forward to having a little bit more flexibility in their schedule to get their kids back to school and themselves back in shape. If you want to get as fit as possible in the least time necessary, then our HIIT classes in West Ashley are your solution for weight loss, fitness maintenance, and to have a good time achieving your exercise goals!

What is HIIT?

HIIT stands for “High-Intensity Interval Training,” and it is not just a fitness trend. It is backed by science as one of the best ways to train for athletic performance enhancement, lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight and strong body. The biggest advantage that HIIT offers is that you can spend less time exercising and reap the same – if not more – benefits. HIIT was recently voted one of the top fitness trends for 2020, according to a survey by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Why HIIT?

HIIT workouts are characterized by short bursts of intensity, followed by periods of low-intensity or rest periods. They also often combine both aerobic and anaerobic exercises (like resistance training). When fitness experts speak of HIIT, they are talking about workout routines that encompass intervals of going full force alternating with those that lower your heart rate and give you a recovery period. The key is to get your heart rate to a minimum of 80% of its maximum capacity for anywhere from one to five minutes and then have a rest period that follows.

What are the Benefits of HIIT?

The biggest benefit that you gain from HIIT is increased heart health. The intervals are assigned to boost your cardio-respiratory health more than using a more continuous type of regulated exercise routine. Scientists have discovered that VO2 Max, which is what HIIT targets, is the best predictor of your overall health. Another benefit of HIIT is that you don’t have to spend as much time in the gym to achieve your fitness goals. It is focused on training smarter versus training longer.

Is HIIT a Good Fit For Weight Loss Goals?

Interval training does offer a very time-efficient way to burn the most calories. When compared to continuous exercise routines, HIIT burns more calories in a shorter period. So, if you are trying to lose weight or maintain your current weight, HIIT is a great thing to incorporate into your exercise regimen. Just be aware that things like changing your diet and incorporating several different types of exercise to keep your body guessing is the best way to go.

As kids head back to school and life starts to become more normal in a post-pandemic recovery period, now is the time to sign up for fitness classes and recover from your fitness goal hiatus. At Chucktown Fitness, we aren’t about fads and trendy fitness routines. We take the best of what works and design the optimal way to customize your fitness routines to suit you and your goals perfectly. Come check out all the HIIT classes we have in West Ashley today!