You’ve probably heard again and again that High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) gets people amazing fat burning and fitness training results. HIIT combines high-intensity exercise intervals with low to moderate-intensity exercise recovery phases. Our IRONMAN athlete Volkmar is not a fan of HIIT training, and here’s why.
Reason #1: Risk of injury
HIIT training takes a lot out of you. Especially if you’re not used to exercising regularly, HIIT training can cause real injuries really fast. “Starting HIIT may increase the risk of injuries and muscle soreness. It’s better to start with low-intensity aerobic exercise until you can run for 30 consecutive minutes at a moderate intensity,” both Kravitz and Zuhl warned in a recent paper they published on endurance training.
Reason #2: HIIT training is NOT a long-term solution
You cannot simply replace every jog with HIIT training! Although you do quickly burn calories with HIIT training, short interval sessions still burn far LESS calories than longer, steady-state sessions. Also, it is unhealthy to do more than three HIIT sessions a week as it simply requires so much of your body, even when you are regularly hitting the gym.
Reason #3: It’s just not that fun
Living a healthier life is also something for the long run. It’s about endurance and the ability to keep up your training routine. Is pushing your body to (and over) the limit every single time you hit the gym really that much fun? Volkmar: "Giving it your full 100% completely wrecks your body. It’s better to put in a little less than 100%. That way, you’ll enjoy it more and it will be easier for you to stick to your routine and achieve your goals."