Are you spending hours in the gym on a regular basis, but still not seeing the physical changes you want? If the answer is yes, you’ll want to keep reading. You might be doing all the right moves, but how you’re doing the moves may be keeping you in the same place. With one small update to your routine, you can shock your body out of complacency and into noticeable changes after all.
When you have to come up with your own workouts at the gym, if you’re like most people, you probably pick a couple of days to lift weights, and a couple of days to do steady cardio on a treadmill or elliptical.
There’s nothing wrong with this routine, except that it can bore you to death and it allows your body to adjust quickly to your repetitive workouts. This could cause you to hit a plateau rather quickly into your fitness journey and even turn you off from working out altogether.
To fix this negative cycle, the answer isn’t to throw away your entire routine. You may just need to try changing how you approach your workout. This can be done by transforming your mundane workouts into high-intensity interval training or “HIIT” workouts.
HIIT workouts are popular for a reason. Since you use a lot of energy with quick intervals of hard work and force your body to quickly get ready for the next move, you burn more fat during and after your workout.
You also train your muscles to recover faster from the rigorous work, and you improve your endurance and your body’s capacity to keep producing the oxygen and energy to survive each HIIT workout. Your typical strength and steady-pace cardio sessions don’t even come close.
Luckily, you can turn any of your workouts into HIIT workouts to save time, increase the amount of energy you use and ultimately burn more fat during your workout.
On your strength days, you can transform your normal routine into a HIIT session by making the moves time-based, rather than rep-based. The key will be