Time to HIIT These Goals Out The Park

I’m slightly bored with my workout routine.

I pretty much do the same cardio every single week.

  • Monday: Spin
  • Tuesday: Run
  • Wednesday: Spin
  • Thursday: Zumba
  • Saturday: Teach Zumba

I have been doing this same routine for a year. (A YEAR!) Since I have a routine rooted personality, this has never really been an issue until now.

I have been reading and researching a lot about HIIT. Last year when I started back at the gym after pregnancy I was doing the HIIT method  about 3-4 times a week. I remember being all kinds of exhausted but it was a great way to get the most out of my workouts since I had such a limited time at the gym. Now, my times isn’t as limited but I want to try a method of working out smarter not necessarily harder.

What is HIIT?

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training:

According to Wikipedia:

High-intensity interval training (HIIT), also called High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise (HIIE) or sprint interval training, is an enhanced form of interval training, an exercise strategy alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. HIIT is a form of cardiovascular exercise. Usual HIIT sessions may vary from 4–20 minutes. These short, intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism, and improved fat burning


My Plan

We are going to shake up this body a little…Instead of doing Spin 2 times a week I am going to cut back to once, my “long runs” of three miles every Tuesday will be put on hold for the next 5 weeks. Instead I will be doing a HIIT workout 3 times weekly as well as my usual Zumba on Thursdays and continue instructing on Saturdays.

I am a little scared, I’ll admit it. This is stepping way out of my comfort zone by a) knowing how hard the work is going to be and b) doing this consistently for 5 weeks without reverting back to my old routine. At the same time I am excited to try something new and unusual for myself.

Self Workout

Coincidentally, (even though I don’t really believe in coincidences) I was leafing through my new Self Magazine this weekend and of course like most fitness magazines there was a “lose 10 pounds in 5 weeks” cover title…so when I finally reached the article I was full prepared to roll my eyes because I know it is simply not that easy for all of us.

When I looked at the plan, it was actually pretty manageable! 2 days HIIT, 3 days really cool (and sort of complex) strength training moves. It comes with several healthy recipes and  a “free day” to do whatever cardio activity you want. I am not expecting to lose 10 pounds in 5 weeks (although I know its possible) I am really looking to change my routine a bit and really challenge my cardio prowess.

Here are some examples of HIIT/Tabata workouts via Pinterest:


I have like a million magazine subscriptions and half of them are fitness magazines–and I have never done any challenge, ever. This one has piqued my interest so here goes! Maybe this will provide the type of breakthrough that I need fitness wise 😉

Have you ever tried a magazine/online fitness challenge/workout? Do you use the HIIT method?

Are you in a fairly predictable fitness routine?




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. I love HIIT!!!
    Yes, I do stuff from magazines!
    I try to keep things mixed up a lot – I’ve found that I have to (the older I get…).
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    • This magazine thing is different, I keep forgetting to take the little cards with me to the gym lol I always end up looking them up online.

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  3. I am printing out the elliptical one to use when I go to the gym, which I have decided is starting soon, no matter what!!! Love this concept, because it actually makes perfect sense! :)-Ashley

  4. I’ve read about the HIIT method before and I can totally see how it works. I am predictable when it comes to my workout routine. I love and need a routine. Since my schedule can be so crazy most days it’s easier to stick to a routine. However I do get bored easily. I’m also feeling like something new or a change is necessary. I like the Tabatha method but a modified version of it. It’s great that you have so much information and samples of HIIt in this post. Thanks for the fitness inspiration!
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  5. This sounds like fun! I have only done one challenge–100squats a day. Other than that, I’m a free spirit. Zumba,Wii, Free weights, cardio, walking, running. Doesn’t matter to me, its up to the mood. Either way i know i git to get sweaty and moving. :-)
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  6. I love HIIT, and my trainer really swears by it. I think I would be doing the Turbulence style since my sessions are 1 hr. If you choose to do the Self challenge, I will team up with you. I get a bunch of subscriptions too….and just read the challenge with a side-eye and never actually do them.

  7. I love my fitness routines because I leave a couple of days up in the air to do as I please in regards to classes or doing stuff on my own. I love HITT and am Tabata Boot Camp certified. I teach a Tabata class from time to time and am gearing up for camp this summer. I was thinking about posting a Tabata weekly on the blog because it’s a good way to wake up and get your day going (change the way we think about being active by starting off the day with a 4 minute Tabata). It’s part of the boot camp but I think it’s great for anyone. Just curious is you would like to see something like that? Well, anyway I’m sure a little HITT will give you the boost you need out of boredom. Enjoy the challenge.
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    • I would freaking LOVE IT are you kidding?! 4 minutes? Even I can do 4 minutes of something before I run out to work! Tabata certified, you go girl! you have got some crazy good fitness knowledge!

  8. I need to get back into doing interval training. I tend to slack off in the winter but usually by the time spring rolls around I am ready to get more workouts into a little higher gear! I can totally see how the HIIT method would work!
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  9. Love this training. I actually did do a workout I saw on Pinterest one time and it was pretty decent I didn’t keep it up and when I went back to look at it the website was gone. Online fitness resources can be overwhelming but I know there are some good ones out there.
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  10. I do magazine and online routines a lot. No point in reinventing the wheel. I get Shape not Self. Would love to get Self but I only “buy” free subscriptions.

    Can’t wait to hear more about your HIIT training over the next 5 weeks.
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  11. I don’t do HIIT training as much as I really should, but I have heard that it’s very beneficial with giving you the maximum calorie burn in the long run! I hate the elipitical with passion, but I like this workout you posted! It seems quick and to the point!
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    • I ALSO hate the elliptical with a passion but I did the HIIT on it today—-it was pretty awesome. I DID look crazy pushing harder than everyone else but I was worn OUT!

  12. HOORAY! I’m thrilled see you’re going the HIIT route. If you feel really run down after the workouts, just play around with your food choices post-workout to see which ones are best for you. That’s an awesome infographic.
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  13. I used to do HIIT, and loved being able to have a great workout in a short timeframe. I’m in a bit of a transition period, and think this could be exactly what I need. Thanks for the reminder!
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  14. It can be challenging changing your fitness routine, and I commend you for trying a new routine! I’ve never heard of HIIT, so its interesting to learn these new techniques! I will be trying Haylie Pomroy’s new book, the “Fast Metabolism Diet.” Good luck with your new routine! You got this!
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  15. Interesting. I kind of do something like this when I run. Hmmmmmmmmmm
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  16. My husband has done HIIT and loves it. I personally do the carrying babies on hikes fitness routine (good for legs and arms!) but I do admire people with more diligence than me. I love reading about this.
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  17. I’ve been doing some HIIT workouts also. I love it! . I’ve also been doing speed intervals with my running. I’m hoping to shake things up for the summer also! I think you’ll achieve just what you’re hoping. Great post!

  18. I find HIIT extremely effective, but lately it has been hard for me to spring. I had a knee injury at the beginning of the year and now a lot of the stuff I used to do before makes my knees hurt.
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    • ahh, I have a bit of pain in my knee as well, and I find that the elliptical is easiest because there is no weight bearing down on the knee.


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