HIIT Results – Week One

HIIT Results Week One


When I started the HIIT method of working out just one week ago, I really thought it was going to be a breeze, I mean how much more challenging could this Really be? I had heard and seen so many great HIIT results, I thought I’d give it a real try.

I go hard all the time so this wouldn’t make much of a difference right?


Without further adieu here are my HIIT results after the first week:

HIIT results week one

I did a total of three HIIT workouts:

  • Monday: treadmill 5 min warm up then alternating between 30 second jogs and 30 second sprinting like hell duration: 40 minutes
  • Wednesday: Same duration 30 minutes
  • Friday: elliptical alternating between slower climbs the turning the resistance up and going really fast.


Monday’s workout was SO hard, by the time I was 15 minutes in I was exhausted but I pushed through, the short intervals made it all go by really fast!

Wednesday was way harder, maybe because it was after a tough spin class the day before or maybe it was the fact that it was my 3rd straight hard workout–it was much harder to execute. I struggled, especially through the middle parts. I kept this one at 30 minutes it was honestly all I had.

Elliptical: this was actually quite hilarious! I am not sure how anyone can make HIIT look good on an elliptical. One second you are cruising with everyone else the next you are huffing and puffing going ALL out and just looking cray cray. I mean the whole dang machine was shaking! It was hysterical actually. I don’t even want to know what the ladies next to me thought.

Since I am following the self Drop 10 Challenge, I also did a spin class on Tuesday and my usual Zumba on Saturday.

HIIT Results Week One

The thing that was different about the elliptical and HIIT is that it took a way longer time for my heart rate to make its way down to 60% max. Instead, I’d have to have longer rest intervals to bring my heart rate down, this did not happen on the treadmill.

Feeling stronger

On Monday when I got on the treadmill the max I ran was a solid 6.5 mph max speed and by Wednesday I was running 7.2 max speed…not bad.

Weight loss

I ended up losing a solid 2.0 pounds last week, so a combination of good eating and HIIT seems to be working. These HIIT results are certainly encouraging so I will be riding this one till the wheels fall off!

I hope these results are consistent!

Have you ever done HIIT on an elliptical?

What exercises/fitness do you have planned for the week?





Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. Go Nellie! Congrats on the loss! I am going to start doing the HIIT workouts next week! This week, I’m taking a break from the gym altogether and hopefully next week I’ll be shocking my body back into working again and see some great results! I’ll be writing about it on the blog a little later so check it out :-)
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    • Nellie says:

      Thanks so much Britt, you know the loses are few and far in between :) Your plan is SO intense that you will be getting some results for sure! Can’t wait to hear (read) all about it :)

  2. Nice work! I haven’t done an elliptical work out before. I like to get my exercise by walking outdoors.
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    • Nellie says:

      The elliptical is nice and easy on the joints, it gives you a great workout. I like outdoorsy workouts too 😉

  3. Great job!! I’ll have to try that on my elliptical…never done that!! You’re inspiring me to try it! I do intervals sometimes when running and I like that, especially the short ones! Usually for me my workout of choice is running. So great to meet you in person last night!!
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    • Nellie says:

      Thanks Michelle, its so not easy to do HIIT on the elliptical, but with a good amount of concentration it can get done. It was so nice to meet YOU! My brain is still reeling from all the stuff we learned. See you in Charlotte!! xoxo

  4. I haven’t thought about it on the Elliptical but you’ve humored me! Congratulations on the loss..that is surely motivation and a reason whyilove the Tabata boot camp that utilizes HIUT. Have fun continuing!

    I’ve got fun fun fun lined up this week, teaching my local Sorors BODYCOMBAT and playing in a company BBall game…SWOON…or maybe not…BBall is a whole other cardio train wreck, lol!
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    • Nellie says:

      a company bball game? They don’t even have a chance poor suckers. Do they even know that you BALL? they are trouble!

  5. The elliptical is never my machine of choice!!
    Way to go on the HIIT – that’s a big jump from Monday’s max time to Wednesday – no wonder 30 minutes was “all” you did Wednesday!! Awesome!!
    Sadly, no big workout goals this week – but definitely next week!
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  6. You are seriously a rock star to us Nellie! SO IMPRESSED with you! :)-The Dose Girls
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  7. Congrats on 2 lbs! Whoot!

    I love HIIT and Zumba does have that incorporated although not nearly as intense as the tread. I’ve used the elyptical at the gym for HIIT before although I personally not a fan.

    I have so any workout plans this week it’s crazy!
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  8. Way to go Nellie. I can imagine you on that elliptical. lol. It’s alright though, you are working it out. Great post. I just signed up for the drop 10 challenge too. Thanks for the motivation!!
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  9. Girl, you have me laughing about that elliptical shaking! I can feel my whole bottom half move when I’m on machines…eek! Don’t worry, you were getting your workout on! I love elliptical workouts… its my FAVE machine! Congrats on the 2 lbs weight loss last week. Go girl!
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    • Nellie says:

      It was a very hysterical site. If I saw myself I would have been like wtf is this chick doing? *flips page of magazine* LOL

  10. I’ve been seeing the HIIT workout program on a lot of blogs lately. Congrats on your success with it. I’m not a natural runner (meaning I don’t like to run, LOL) so that’s a little intimidating. I’m going to continue to watch your journey to see what you think about the program after a few weeks.

  11. Girrrlll, I can only imagine what a HIIT workout must look like on a elyptical lol! Kudos to you on the 2lbs! I just started doing HIIT workouts I went on the the dailyhiit.com and found one to do and it was pretty intense. I am hoping to see weightloss, an improvement in my metabolism and just a leaner figure overall
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