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erika2633

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Posted: 03 Feb 2012, 13:05
I've seen a lot of people posting about HIIT workouts (high intensity interval training) - I was browsing the internet and found this website: 'Iowa Girl Eats' Workouts

She has a long list of Cardio/Treadmill Routines (including some HIIT) and other circuit workout routines. She also has some great recipes and food ideas mixed in with her blog entries.

I have been scanning through different workouts that she posted, and it got me thinking... What's your favorite HIIT workout? Do you do treadmill/running/cardio "routines" or do you just run?


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NCNOLE

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Posted: 03 Feb 2012, 13:31
I am currently using Jillian Michael's 30 day shred. I plan to move on to Ripped in 30 days if I see good progress. Since it is a 30 day program, I do it daily. I also do some weights 3 days/week and extra cardio daily. Not that I advocate this much exercise, but I found that I was not reaching my target burn like I was earlier when I weighed 50 lbs more.
Sk1nnyfuture

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Posted: 03 Feb 2012, 13:40
I did do some HIIT for a while - it just involved 2-3 minutes jogging and 45 seconds flat out, until you are gasping. Repeat until you have done the required time - but at least 3-4 times. I read somewhere that because HIIT routines are such high intensity, you should / only need to do them for 15-20 minutes, to get a really good workout.

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erika2633

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Posted: 03 Feb 2012, 13:57
And it's good to note that those high intensity HIIT workouts should not be done every day... I think HIIT cardio is best left to once (or twice) a week..


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GThorp

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Posted: 03 Feb 2012, 14:25
HIIT used to be a huge part of my weekly workout schedule, but now I've dropped it down to once a week. What I usually do is use an equal ratio of 1:1 in regards to running:walking. More specifically, I will run for 45 seconds, then walk for 45 secs.

The more you do HIIT, the more you may want to tinker with the ratio and the specific intervals. Perhaps one session you want to sprint for only 30 seconds, whereas the next one you try and go for minute long sprints. Variety never hurt!
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johnelka

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Posted: 08 Feb 2012, 14:43
At the suggestion of a coworker, I just started HIIT last night!! I am super excited to see if it makes a difference. I am not a runner. Actually, I just started exercising regularly about a month and a half ago and my first attemp at HIIT was a 12 minute cycle of walking/running on the treadmill. I began by warming up for 4 minutes at 3.5mph. After the 4 minute warm up I did a 30 minute sprint at 7.5mph then took it back down to 3.5 for 2 minutes and repeated that 7.5/3.5 cycle for 8 minutes. It was not as hard as I thought it would be and that makes me think I am not doing enough.

I had planned on doing this at least 4 days a week but after reading some of the posts here, I am concerned that may be too much. My goal is fat loss. I am trying to get lean and I am looking for advice from anyone who is familiar with and has gotten results from HIIT please. Is this a good start, should I just continue and build on this or should I try to do more right off the bat? I don't want to hurt myself. I also take a weight lifting class three times a week and I do Zumba three times a week. I want results!! But I don't want to kill myself in the process. Help Anyone, Please??
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Posted: 19 Mar 2012, 15:29
I workout with Insanity (DVD) and the exercises in it are mostly HIIT. I love it. If you stick to it, you'll see results. I recently discovered bodyrock.tv. They post new workout exercises every day to make things fresh. On days I feel too lazy to do a full Insanity workout, I switch to that site for a 12-20 min quickie.
tglenna

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Posted: 19 Mar 2012, 15:40
My HIIT is on the treadmill with 2 minute intervals - 45-50 seconds of running at 7.8, then down to 3.5 for the remainder of the 2 minutes (just over a minute). This barely gives me time to catch my breath and I'm running again. I do this 7 times usually and am dead when I'm done.
Sk1nnyfuture

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Posted: 19 Mar 2012, 16:22
I did quite a lot of read up on HIIT before i tried it .... As I understand it, it should be 'major intense' bouts of 30- 120 seconds, before dropping down and then repeating. The workouts, should be no more than 20 minutes long and should only be done 2-3 times a week. Some of the experts only recommend doing it for 10 minutes - because the intense bits are so intense. If you are doing the 'intense bits for 30 minutes - you are not working to your full capacity.

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JessWhatINee...

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Posted: 19 Mar 2012, 16:55
I thought I was doing this but from the sounds of what others have done, my "intense" part may not be intense enough!
I will either run 7.5 or 7mph for a minute, walk @ 4.0 for minute and repeat. Or do hills where I'm walking at a 4-6% incline then running about 5-5.8mph, same 1 to 1 interval. I can do a steeper incline, but at a slower pace.



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