WHAT IS HIIT? HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH HIIT?
Here at World Gym Bunbury, we all know how much our members love our HIIT classes. In and out, smash it and go, the combination of fantastic instructors, fast results and that unbeatable HIIT ‘hit’ keeps all our members coming back each week, begging for more. But how much is too much HIIT? When does it start to actually NOT be beneficial?/secureFor those who haven’t tried it before, High Intensity Interval Training pairs high-intensity exercise intervals with low to moderate-intensity exercise recovery phases, meaning you work really hard for roughly 20-40 seconds, then rest for less or equivalent time. The HIIT classes we offer at World Gym Bunbury include:
- Tabata – Shorter rest and work periods to push the limit on the individual percentage of maximum heart rate. You work at your own speed, just need to work your hardest for 20sec then rest for 10 sec (x8). A great class for beginners or advanced exercisers.
- Sprint - 30 minute HIIT on the bike. Accelerated warm up; power tabata; mixed conditioning; sprints and power endurance. Perfect for everyone that wants to take their training to another level!
- HIITStep – A new 30 minute HIIT exercise class using only bodyweight and a STEP. Adaptable to all fitness levels with plenty of options, HIITSTEP will improve your speed and agility, having a blast while you're at it.
- Metafit – A high intensity workout that is based around bodyweight exercises, designed to keep your body burning calories long after the training session is over.
- Metapwr - Never the same and always a challenge, the short amount of time allows you to work to your maximum potential, combining resistance and bodyweight exercises with ropes, power bags, slam balls and heaps of fun!
- Grit - A Grit class is all about You vs You! High Intensity Interval Training with short, intense style, where the thrill and motivation comes from pushing your physical and mental limits.
With over 20 HIIT classes a week on our timetable, it can be tempting to participate in back-to-backs or both morning and night sessions, and whilst we encourage all of our members to get the most out of their memberships and visit us as much as possible, there is such a thing as too much HIIT.
Experts suggest no more than 2-3 HIIT sessions a week, leaving the body time to recover and benefit from the ‘afterburn’ effect more efficiently. Keep in mind that the intensity of HIIT alone places stress on your body, and your body needs time to recover before you go again.
This number is of course dependant on your goals, your time limitations and your athletic ability. Some people starting out like to break a 45-minute session into manageable ‘chunks’ throughout the day, whereas some of our regular participants enjoy pairing HIIT with an endurance or resistance class like RPM or BodyPUMP. Just be mindful that doing more classes and lowering the intensity can actually be counter-productive. You are far better off doing 2-3 ‘true’ HIIT sessions, working as hard as possible during work phases and enjoying the gym floor, or lower intensity classes on other days to get your endorphin hit.
Not a member yet? Come and see us for a tour and all the details about getting your fitness journey started!
As always, all of our group fitness and gym floor staff are more than happy to assist you with any questions about your training and getting the most out of your workouts. Happy HIIT-ing!