This past weekend, I had the opportunity to speak at our local running store, Runner’s Retreat, about the benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for Runners. While I greatly enjoy instructing HIIT classes, generally speaking in front of a group of people just about scares me to death!
When I’m nervous, I tend to talk about as fast as I run, so I decided to record my presentation and share my feelings on how HIIT has helped me become a better runner. This way, if you were there and couldn’t figure out what in the world I was trying to say, or you weren’t able to attend – you can hear it all now.
Bear with me, stepping outside my comfort zone here!
In case you missed my key benefits, HIIT training can help:
- Improve muscular strength in multiple planes
- Increase performance potential and help prevent injuries.
- Improve muscular stability to increase your ability to efficiently transfer energy.
- Increase lactate threshold – work at a higher intensity longer before reaching fatigue.
- Provide an awesome metabolic benefit – continue to burn calories and fat after your workout for an extended period of time.
And from the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal, here is an example workout for you to try!
Exercises are performed for 30 seconds, with 10 seconds of rest time between exercises. Total time for the entire workout is approximately 7 minutes.
The circuit can be repeated 2 to 3 times.
Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions!
Until next time,