Science on high intensity interval training: HIIT, or SHIIT?

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Is it healthful?

Let me pose you a question: would you rather go down to the video store (if it hasn’t yet gone bankrupt) to hire a DVD, or stream it from the comfort of your own home?  You’ve probably answered: the comfort of your own home, unless of course you get all nostalgic about walking down the street to hire discs. I know I do!

Okay, okay, now let me pose you a further question: would you rather spend one hour exercising, or 30 minutes?  Stop, don’t answer that just yet. What if I were to say that both workouts would give you equivalent results? Unless you’re a time wasting enthusiast, pain junky, or DOMS devotee you’re probably going to answer 30 minutes.  Well a new (old) exercise regiment known as  high intensity interval training (HIIT) is offering just that.

Yes, if you believe one of the internet’s many great fitness prophets…

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4 thoughts on “Science on high intensity interval training: HIIT, or SHIIT?

  1. I never know with this. I did the insanity programme in 2012 and in many ways I felt fitter than I’ve ever felt, and my body felt the most ‘tight’ it’s ever been. But I tried to go for a run a couple of weeks after I’d finished the programme and I had barely any stamina. I know they’re different types of exercise, but I just kinda thought my overall fitness level would’ve helped me a little bit.
    It’s annoying because I really want to be a runner, but over winter hiit is amazing because you can do it in your living room without fear of slipping on your ass in the ice, lol!

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    1. I’m surprised that the HIIT didn’t help. Although generally the more similar your training is to the sport you want to do the better it prepares you.

      Haha so true – such a great form of exercise to stop you from slipping on your ass!

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