HIIT is an acronym for high-intensity interval training.
Essentially all HIIT entails is using varying intensities during your training to burn more fat.
An example of this would be going for a jog and every 2 minutes doing a full out sprint for 15 seconds and then going back to a steady jog.
This method of intermittently pushing your body to the max will rip through fat like no other form of cardio.
However, while HIIT does have many pros, it also has some cons.
- Burns more body fat than low intensity steady state cardio/LISS (what 90% of people do for fat-burning)
- Your cardio sessions don’t have to be as long
- Improves athleticism
- Boosts resting metabolism
- Isn’t as boring as LISS cardio
- Risk of injury is higher
- Can be extremely physically taxing, especially while in a calorie deficit
- Can impede muscular recovery time
- Not for beginners
- Can be too taxing on the heart if you have a pre-existing cardiovascular medical condition
HIIT Has The Most Fat Burning Potential, But It’s Tough
I don’t know about you guys, but finishing my cardio session in 30 minutes as opposed to 45-50 minutes and burning the same amount of fat sounds pretty damn good to me.
This is easier said than done though.
When you are in a calorie deficit, you are already getting progressively more run down as you get leaner and leaner. Add in HIIT cardio sessions, on top of your weight lifting sessions, and you will quickly realize what I mean when I say HIIT is TOUGH.
If you can get through it though, and prefer it to LISS cardio, it’s a great and time efficient way to get shredded.
The Best 2 Types Of HIIT Cardio
1) Going for 30 minutes on the Elliptical keeping my heart rate no less than 140-150 beats per minute during the slow phases, and just going all out, hauling ass on a much higher incline and resistance level, for 15-30 seconds every 2 minutes.
To start, I set it to a moderate incline and resistance. Then every 2 minutes I crank the incline and resistance level of the Elliptical way up and go all out sprinting for the next 15-30 seconds. Then I reduce the incline and resistance back down to what it was before, and jog slowly for 2 minutes.
This cuts me up so fast.
2) This one I don’t do as often, but it would definitely be a lot better for guys who play sports and athletes whom endurance and speed is very necessary.
For this type of HIIT cardio you alternate between 100 meters of sprinting, and 200 meters of walking, going back and forth for 30 minutes.
This type works fantastic for fat-loss as well as improving athletic performance.
So How Do You Know If You Should Do LISS Or HIIT?
The great thing about training is that it is up to you.
If you prefer one to the other, choose that one. You should always go with the type of training that you enjoy the most. Whichever one you like more is the one that you will be able to stick to and the most important thing with training is consistency.
Ultimately, both LISS and HIIT cardio have the same end goal, to burn fat.
As long as you are doing your cardio and burning enough calories to keep losing fat, both forms of cardio are great choices.
Take A Serving Of Red Burner Prior To Your HIIT And LISS Sessions To Burn Even More Fat
If you want to greatly increase the fat burning potential of each cardio session you do (LISS or HIIT) take a serving of Red Burner prior to your cardio session.
Red Burner is Red Supplement’s premiere fat incinerating product which will greatly boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn an even greater amount of fat during every single cardio session.
It will also provide an extremely helpful and welcomed boost in energy that will help you power through your cardio session with far greater ease while in an energy deprived state.
Doing cardio when you’re hungry and tired SUCKS, and Red Burner will absolutely help any and all athletes that are looking for that extra boost.