8 Benefits of HIIT: Shred Fat This Summer

What is HIIT training?

HIIT, or high intensity interval training, is a great way to get your body into peak shape. Both our fitness kickboxing and strength training classes utilize this concept, but we put our own spin on the concept.

At its core, HIIT is a cardiovascular exercise strategy where users alternate between an intense workout for a short period of time, followed by a less active recovery period. If you’re looking to get your heart rate up and burn calories at a high level, this could be the exercise regimen for you.

8 Reasons to Try HIIT

With summer just around the corner, you might be looking for that edge to get your body exactly where you want it to be. This is our top 8 reasons why HIIT is the most effective training for burning fat and feeling amazing:

  1. Burn calories and fat in a shorter period of time – Let’s face it, everyone is looking to burns calories and fat in the shortest period of time. That’s why we utilize high intensity interval training in all of our kickboxing and strength training programs.
  2. Build endurance – What if we told you that just 8-weeks of HIIT training could double your endurance? I bet you’ll think twice before going on that 10-minute jog compared to coming and punching our bags…
  3. Use your energy effectively – HIIT, or high intensity interval training, uses a system of work-hard-then-recovery intervals, alternating between high intensity workouts with short resting periods. That means you’re using your energy in an effective, but efficient manner. No more 2-hour gym sessions, you can get a full body fat shredding workout in just 60 minutes.
  4. Boost your metabolismThe American College of Sports and Medicine says High Intensity Interval Training helps you consume more oxygen than a non-interval workout routine. What does that mean?  After a session of interval training the extra oxygen you consume increases your rate of metabolism for over an hour and a half!
  5. Burn calories and fat hours after you leave the gym – 24 hours after HIIT training, your body is still burning calories and fat. This means all the kicking, punching, lifting and the more you do at Omni Fight Club pays off well past the final bell ring!
  6. Lose fat, not muscle – Worried about getting too skinny and losing all your gains from the HIIT training? Don’t worry, HIIT workouts use your body weight for training and allows you to shred weight while still preserving muscle mass.
  7. Increase heart health – Good blood flow and a healthy heart will keep your body running for a long time. Pushing yourself into the anaerobic zone (where you lose your breath and feel your heart pounding) while performing HIIT is a great way to keep that heart healthy.
  8. Challenge yourself – We’ve talked about why HIIT is good for your body, but it’s also great for the soul! HIIT can be difficult and requires you to challenge yourself. But do you want to know the best part of a challenge? Someone always has to come out a winner. Will that be you?

In the end, if you’re looking to optimize fat loss and getting ready to show off your new body at the beach this summer, it’s time to try HIIT. Here at Omni Fight Club, we utilize these concepts to give our members the results they really want in a community based atmosphere where everyone wants to win.

Come check out a free class and feel the burn at one of our Omni Fight Club locations near you.