High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one of the most popular forms of fitness today. These workouts are designed to exert a maximum amount of effort in a relatively short period of time. This can be as little as seconds to a couple minutes. While conducting my personal training sessions, I use 30 second exercise intervals as a baseline and sets of 8 - 16 based on muscle groups targeted. So, why is HIIT so popular?
During the holiday season when you’re getting pulled in a million different directions, it’s hard to keep your health and fitness a priority. With work, holiday parties, family gatherings and gift buying, having any moment to yourself or time to exercise can be difficult.However, exercise is perfect for reducing holiday stress and for keeping off those unwanted pounds. Anytime you do exercise, it needs to be efficient, intense and fun. This allows you to bake Christmas cookies and eat them, too. Guilt free cookies, who would have thought?
So you wanna get fit? Then you need to understand what FITTE really means. No, I didn’t spell it wrong…FITTE stands for Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type and Enjoyment. When thinking about designing your fitness routine, understanding what the FITTE principle means will help you in your fitness and weight-loss goals.
Recently, I had the opportunity to support a colleague & friend of mine in her very first fitness competition. She posted on her Facebook page that the event would be in my neck of the woods (Washington, DC metro area) and asked if anyone in the area would be competing too. Since I had not seen her in a while (she lives in Charlottesville, VA), I decided to go and support her. In her Facebook post, she posted the link to the event and I clicked on it.
The rectus abdominis is quite an extraordinary muscle. They are so nice to look at!! Sooo nice! The rectus abdominis is also known as the abs. Ah…now I’ve got your attention. I’ll refer the rectus abdominis to “abs” from here on out because that’s how the muscle is typically identified. The abs are indeed a pretty damn cool looking muscle.
When the dance and fitness worlds collide, four beautiful principles come together!Comfortable: absence of pain and distress, free of anxiety, feeling of ease and securityChallenge: full use of your abilities and resources during trying but stimulating situationsCompassion: awareness of the needs of others and a desire to alleviate a person's sufferingConfidence: trust, faith, and self-assurance; a belief in your own abilitiesWhat are the senses of comfortable challenges?
Measuring intensity can be important for your aerobic activity. The intensity (or level of demand placed on your body) should be high enough that you are benefiting from the exercise but not so high that....well...you pass out! The only accurate way to do this is to hook yourself up to expensive lab equipment and not only would it be too bulky and inconvenient to pull behind you during your morning run, it would probably clash with what you were wearing.