When most of us think "high-intensity interval training," aka HIIT, our minds go to intimidating boutique fitness classes and scary bootcamp workouts. After all, "intense" is literally in the workout's name. But high-intensity interval training isn't as scary as it sounds, and you definitely don't need a trainer or a fancy gym to do it.
If you're not familiar, HIIT is a cardio training technique that's all about doing quick but intense bursts of exercise, followed by intervals of rest. Research suggests that this method of going from rest to intense exercise trains your body to be more efficient, and is just as effective as sustained moderate-intensity exercise. The cool thing about HIIT is that it can be applied to nearly any type of exercise — from the elliptical to strength-training. And, with the right moves and attitude, HIIT can be fun and intense.
We've worked with Anna Kaiser, creator of AKT, a dance-based cardio fitness program, to develop a 28-day HIIT workout routine that pairs strength-training with plyometric cardio moves. These exercises will strengthen your entire body, while also improving your aerobic capacity, and the workouts can be done in just a few minutes.