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:
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
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.
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?