I thought I was crazy late to jump on the HIIT workout train. I skipped right past HIIT workout posts or videos.
When I finally caved and tried one out, I realized that I have been doing these types of workouts for years and LOVE them. Turns out I just had a very loose and somewhat inaccurate idea of what a HIIT workout is.
So let’s start there: HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts consist of interval workouts alternating between short intervals of an exercise at a high intensity with (often shorter) intervals of rest or lower intensity exercises.
Oh yeah… you’ve probably done this too, eh?
You have if you’ve tried my boxing interval workout!
Anyhow… now I’ve been doing a good HIIT workout once or twice a week. It’s the perfect type of workout for me when I don’t really want to workout because I just have to get through short intervals (I do either 45 seconds or a minute) per exercise and then give myself a little break. You can do anything for 45 seconds to a minute! (Kimmy Schmidt style… break it down into ten second increments <-- that's the only crappy video clip I can find, but you have to watch it if you don't know what I'm talking about.)
Preston and I got out of our morning gym routine for a few weeks, and this week we’re back at it. Tuesday was TOUGH. I was really sore from my last few workouts, exhausted, and so not in the mood for anything. So I stumbled to the empty group exercise room and made up a random HIIT workout.
I was feeling incredibly un-creative at the moment so I repeated a lot of exercises and decided that a little HIIT workout cheat sheet with exercise ideas would be awesome!
So I made a cheat sheet for my favorite type of HIIT workout: 45 seconds of a high intensity cardio-heavy exercise (but still with a big strength training component) followed by 45 seconds of a strength training move that’s lower intensity (but still tough.) I give myself little 15 second breaks between everything because I just can’t keep going the whole time. I need a little water and catch-my-breath break.
So I’m here to share my design-your-own HIIT workout cheat sheet below 🙂 I saved mine to my photos on my phone and marked it as a favorite so I can get to it easily – whether I’m connected to the internet or not! Perfecto.
Now you can design your own HIIT workout, and mix it up for a huge number of combinations. The left column are high intensity cardio moves, and the right column are lower intensity strength training moves.
I HIGHLY recommend you download the Interval Timer app – it does pretty much exactly what it sounds like: sets interval timers. You can get pretty fancy with them, but I prefer super simple ones. I have one for my boxing workout, one for BBG workouts, one for HIIT workouts, and can just click on whichever one I want for the exercise I’m doing that day! Love it.