What are the Benefits of HIIT Training and Why is it so Popular?

HIIT training will get you that summer bod in no time.

By: Natalie Bohin

HIIT or high-intensity interval training has been all the rage in the fitness scene, and you’ve probably been dripping with sweat after every workout since. In this era of quick-hitting fitness where a 10 minute or even five-minute workout can kick your ass, it’s no surprise that millions of people are riding the HIIT train and feeling the benefits.

But Wait, What the Heck is HIIT?

Say what? Confused about what HIIT actually is? Don’t worry, it’s pretty simple, and may be the secret sauce to helping you reach your fitness goals.

A HIIT workout basically means short and intense bursts of all kinds of exercise followed by a short recovery period. What makes HIIT workouts so exciting and easy to fit into your routine is that you can use any type of exercise and you don’t need any big or expensive gym equipment to get your sweat on.

All you have to do is take a quick scroll through the Gram to see how popular HIIT training is. But here’s the biggy -will it really help you achieve your #fitnessgoals?

Drumroll, please…. The answer is hell yes!

Why are HIIT Workouts so Popular?

The benefits of course! It’s quick, flexible and the best part? It works. That means your dream of being in and out of the gym in 30 minutes can become a reality without sacrificing the results.

HIIT training helps you to lose fat more easily and quickly, even after you’ve finished your workout. When you work your body to the max, (the absolute max) where another rep might kill you, you burn more calories in a shorter period of time.

HIIT workouts are a quick-fire and badass way to boost your metabolism and make you VERY sweaty. Do you need to train quickly in between meetings, or maybe you just get bored with the same fitness routine? HIIT works entirely around you. Even if you only have 10 minutes, a yoga mat and zero equipment, you can still work your body to the max (in the best way possible!). Goodbye excuses and hello washboard abs.

How to Nail the Perfect Workout

Most HIIT workouts are pretty short overall, think 15-40 minutes max. The interval work to recovery ratio can change from 1:1 where rest and exercise time are equal or 1:2 ratios where the rest time is double the exercise the time. Choose the movements you want to include that will send your heart racing like:

  • Mountain climbers
  • Star jumps
  • Flutter climbers
  • Hand-release push-ups
  • Burpees
  • Jump squats
  • Alternating side lunges

With the endless options for a HIIT workout, it can get a little overwhelming where to start. If the thought of jumping into a HIIT workout makes your head spin, we can help! Our FitOn HIIT workouts are designed to be done from anywhere at any time without any equipment. Plus, our classes are run by badass trainers like Christine Bullock and Danielle Pascente to help you dominate your workout. With the FitOn app, you can also stay motivated and workout with friends at the same time.

Start tearing up your workouts and challenge your body with our awesome HIIT workouts. For an entire body sweat, try our Full Body Sweat & Sculpt or go for the ultimate high-intensity workout with 44 mins of 20/20 HIIT IT.