HIIT training is all the rage recently, and for good reason. But what is it? HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training, a method that uses alternating periods of high-intensity activity and low-intensity activity. This style of training can help you burn more fat in a single session and in less time than steady-state cardio! (Just in case you’re unsure of this term as well, steady-state cardio is what you likely see every time you’re in the gym – someone keeping a steady pace on the treadmill or elliptical for 30-45 minutes in order to maintain a steady heart rate.)
In fact, research has shown that just 10 minutes of HIIT can burn the same number of calories as a 50-minute steady state cardio session. That’s because HIIT not only helps you burn calories during your session, it also helps your body continue to burn calories after you’re done! Almost sounds too good to be true, right?
Incorporate just 15-20 minutes of HIIT training into your workout and watch the fat melt away. We’ve included a treadmill routine below for you to try:
Now, this isn’t to say that there aren’t benefits to steady-state cardio as well. In fact, the type of cardio that’s best for you is largely determined by the type and intensity of additional training you’re doing, as well as your diet. For a full explanation, watch this video from the Muscle Geek himself, James Grage.
Lastly, remember that if you’re doing fasted cardio, especially first thing in the morning, it’s important to supplement with BCAAs to make sure that your body is burning only fat, and not your hard-earned muscle. Kick your metabolism into gear by taking 1 scoop of Best BCAA Shredded™ thirty minutes before you jump on the treadmill.