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Try These HIIT Cardio Sessions for Maximal Results

If you missed our post yesterday we discussed the amazing benefits that High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can provide. In short, a 10 minute HIIT session can provide MORE benefits than a full 40 minute cardio session - talk about a little pain for a lot of gain!

Here are 5 HIIT workouts that you can add into your routine:

PROWLER SPRINTS

Load 4 – 8, 45lb / 20kg plates on a prowler and perform 5 x 50 yard sprints. For most gyms, this is normally down and back, so sprint down, flip it round and sprint straight back. Wait for around 2 minutes and repeat for 5 total intervals. No prowler? Check the Deadmill Sprints below.

SPIN BIKE SPRINTS

These are the most famous HIIT sprints known as the “Wingate”, adapted to your general gym bike. Set the bike on a low level, start to pedal as fast as possible then immediately crank the resistance up to high. You should last 10 – 20 seconds before you are down to a very slow spin, at which point you stop.

If you do 10 seconds, rest 60 – 90 seconds and repeat 7-8 times.

If you last 20 seconds, rest 90 – 120 seconds and repeat 5 times.

If your bike tracks RPM (reps or revolutions per minute), you should be aim to hit least 150RPM before dropping the resistance.

HILL SPRINTS

Perfect for when you can’t make it down to the gym, hit the outdoors and find a steep hill. After you’ve warmed up, perform a 20 – 30 second flat-out sprint and slowly walk back down. Take 10-20 seconds at the bottom and repeat for 5 total sets.  This could also be performed on a treadmill set at the steepest incline, just be careful to not fall off!

DEADMILL SPRINTS

This is similar to a Hill Sprint or Prowler but performed on a static treadmill. After warming up with some fast walking and maybe 1 – 2 minutes of a slower run, stop the treadmill completely. Similar to a Prowler, lean into the handles on the treadmill and start to sprint. After around 5 seconds you should be powering the treadmill manually, continue to sprint for around 15 – 25 seconds. Slowly bring the treadmill to a stop and rest for around 90 seconds before repeating for 5 – 7 complete sets.

ROWING SPRINTS

This alternative is only suitable for those with excellent technique, as most will struggle to create enough power output in a short period of time. After a 5 minute warm up, set the rower at the maximal intensity and perform a 30 second flat-out sprint. Rest for 60 seconds and repeat for 7 complete sets.

Now remember, you only need to complete ONE of these programs per session. This can be added onto the end of a normal workout or completed separately at another time of day or on a day off. If you’re looking to replace it with steady state cardio during a diet/prep, try doing this with around 15 minutes steady state post intervals to really shred the fat!


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