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A Beginner’s Guide to HIIT Workouts

The title says it all. You are here to find out all about HIIT and how you can finally get started. In this article, I will provide you with a basic HIIT workout routine as well as some awesome gyms in the greater Los Angeles area.

What is HIIT?

HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training and is a form of exercise where you give an all-out effort through quick and intense bursts of exercise, which are then followed by short recovery periods. This method allows you to burn more calories in a shorter amount of time and compared to many other forms of exercise, further increases your post-workout calorie-burning capacity.

What makes HIIT workouts so special?

As one of the top fitness trends of 2017, its popularity stems from the ease of modifying workouts for individuals of all fitness levels. This means that you will be able to adjust the difficulty just right to push yourself and choose from a variety of exercise “mediums” such as cycling, walking, swimming, aqua training, elliptical cross-training, and group exercise classes.

What are some of top benefits of HIIT?

Although there are many benefits of doing HIIT workouts, here is a concise list of some benefits that may interest you!

  • helps build endurance and strength, which will increase the length of time you can workout for and how hard your workouts are
  • burns calories and fat in a shorter period of time by increasing your oxygen consumption, which then boosts your metabolism
  • utilizes your own body weight so there is little to no equipment necessaryโ€”all you need is some space and time
  • challenges you to push your limits, but also a very fun experience at the same time because of the variety of workouts you can choose from

What is a good HIIT workout for beginners?

This is actually one of my favorite workouts because it targets all areas of the body and requires absolutely no equipment at all. For this workout, you would do it for 1 full circuit. Feel free to take a screenshot so you can go back to it from time to time!

| 1. 50 sit-ups | 2. 50 sit-ups | 3. 40 jump squats | 4. 40 jump squats |

| 5. 30 pushups | 6. 30 pushups | 7. 20 jumping lunges | 8. 20 jumping lunges |

| 9. 10 tricep dips |10. 10 tricep dips | 11. 30 seconds of burpees |

If this workout is too easy or too hard, don’t worry! Remember that HIIT can be quite personalized so this particular workout just may not have been the best workout for you. If that is the case or if you still find yourself a little lost, definitely check out some resources and services below!

I think I still need some more help getting started with my very own personalized HIIT workouts!

It’s no problem if you need some more helpโ€”after all, this is why I am here. A few other types of HIIT workouts you can do include HIIT treadmill workouts, HIIT weight training workouts, or other forms of HIIT workouts for weight loss. Below are a few of organizations and gyms that I highly recommend to help you get started with HIIT workouts and to achieve the best results possible.

giveStrength: Striving to create an environment that pushes you to give more than you thought possible, giveStrength challenges you both physically and mentally. And not only can you exercise to improve your health, a portion of every class purchased also goes back to one of the three charities that they are supporting.

CrossFit South Bay: With this organization, you can become a part of a large fitness family that includes coaches, instructors, athletes, students, parents, recent college graduates, and even grandparents. At CrossFit South Bay, you will be immersed in a fun, interactive, and encouraging environment to help you reach your fitness goals!

Slim Body Fitness: If you are ready to put in the work, Slim Body Fitness is ready to provide you with the results that you desire. If you do not have transportation or have a very busy schedule, they also offer services such as in-home personal training in the greater Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas.

Don’t put off caring for your health any longer. Let 2018 be your year to achieve the fitness goals that you have always had for yourself by taking advantage of HIIT workouts and becoming the very best person you can be!

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