Questions tagged [hiit]

Questions about high intensity interval training.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
26 votes
3 answers
16k views

What is tabata? How effective is it?

What exactly is Tabata ? Is it just a form of HIIT ? What makes Tabata effective in fat burning or providing thermogenic effects ?
user avatar
  • 1,277
14 votes
5 answers
2k views

Information overload makes me unsure of how to lose fat weight

Good morning, I am an avid lurker here and I try to answers that I feel confidently knowledgeable about to answer but after much reading between answers to my own questions, other questions, and ...
user avatar
13 votes
4 answers
79k views

What is the best time of the day for High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?

I have heard a lot about benefits of HIIT; however, nobody seems to address when is the best time for such activities. I got this question when watching "The secret life of your body clock" (BBC ...
user avatar
10 votes
2 answers
461 views

Are so-called "burst workouts" effective for weight loss?

I just bought a $2.99 Kindle book called Burst Workouts which recommends very short workouts at high intensities. His main program recommends timed interval training using bodyweight exercises of 30 ...
user avatar
9 votes
3 answers
15k views

How to structure a high intensity interval training (HIIT) program?

I have read some good things about high intensity interval training (HIIT) programs, and wanted to give one a try. The problem is I don't know how the structure of one works, so I cannot build one ...
user avatar
  • 6,310
9 votes
2 answers
14k views

Fitness training with varicose veins

Recently my workout buddy was at a phlebologist who diagnosed varicose veins which have to be treated by surgery (just one large vein) the cause of this seems to be genetic and she now have to wear ...
user avatar
  • 1,859
6 votes
1 answer
263 views

Is HIIT healthy practiced long term?

I have done steady rate cardio for the bulk of my cardio exercises. I recently found out about HIIT and it's after burner effect and am interested to give it a try. I am still apprehensive about ...
user avatar
6 votes
2 answers
2k views

When doing HIIT, how long should your intervals be?

I currently do a 1:2 ratio of high to low intensity. My high intensity interval lasts 60 seconds, and my low intensity one lasts 120 seconds. I do this on either the elliptical or the heavy bag (I'm ...
user avatar
  • 549
5 votes
4 answers
257 views

Is combined strength and cardio training bad?

TL;DR: Is combining weights and cardio within the same exercise unwise or unproductive? This video by Gravity Transformation talks about cardio during weight training and describes how combining the ...
user avatar
  • 211
5 votes
1 answer
198 views

Is there any research showing how effective HIIT (specifically stationary bike) is for fat loss?

I'm doing HIIT for VO2 improvement and wondering if that'll help with fat loss as well. I've read a lot of conflicting reports, including one fellow who said "there a study on this that will be ...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
330 views

Is there cardio or weight loss benefit to doing the Tabata (HIIT) workout more than once a day?

I'm doing the Tabata Workout. I can easily spend more than the 4m/day on it. I work from home so I can take a 5m break and ride the exercise bike anytime I like. Would there be a benefit from doing ...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
104 views

When doing HIIT, should one be aiming for maximal effort, or maximal effort that can be supported over the time period?

I've been trying to get more exercise and, short attention span and lack of time that I generally have, I've been doing some HIIT workouts such as the 7-minute workout. I know that the "7-minute ...
user avatar
  • 8,449
5 votes
1 answer
179 views

What is the most effective increased "dosage" or level of the Tabata HIIT protocol?

I've had good results following the standard Tabata Protocol (20s "max" and 10s rest). Update: I do this protocol 5 days a week and mt bike pretty hard the 6th day. In the "work" cycle on the Tabata ...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
410 views

Increasing resistance vs increasing speed?

I am new to HIIT and would like to gain the most our of it. I mostly do indoor cycling for my HIIT workouts. As I am progressing, it is better to increase resistance or increase speed ? Use case : ...
user avatar
  • 51
4 votes
3 answers
1k views

Cardio / HIIT with a collapsed arch

I have a collapsed arch in one of my feet due to a past injury. I have doctor-prescribed orthotics and have been cleared for any and all exercise activity. My primary goal is weight loss. It seems ...
user avatar
  • 143
4 votes
1 answer
57 views

Lapsed 5ker seeks HIIT advice and 'injuries'

Ok. So. I restarted running about a year ago and was doing regular Parkruns and managing 3 5ks a week. However, my working hours and need to do stuff for my children has stopped all that - I just can'...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
67 views

Does recommence of high intensity training has influence on resting HR?

The last 6 months I've done slow extensive runs of ± 60min, 3x / week, (HR between 145 - 155bpm) strength training 3x / week 1x/week martial art (BJJ/Muay Thai/MMA) training (technique+sparring), so ...
user avatar
  • 43
4 votes
1 answer
325 views

What is the minimum effective dose of running that constitutes HIIT?

I've been doing Cooper runs (1.5 miles) as fast add I can 2-3 times per week, followed by an upper body workout (I know, friends don't let friends skip leg day). How can I determine whether that ...
user avatar
4 votes
0 answers
63 views

What is actually happening to my body during HIIT on a Spin Bike?

To be more precise I've been following a HIIT on a cycloergometer and I found out this. Beginning: BPM: 105~120 Pedaling Rate: 60 rpm Now: BPM: 90~105 Pedaling Rate: 60 rpm Basically my heart ...
user avatar
  • 993
3 votes
3 answers
430 views

Sample Regimen for losing body fat and retaining lean mass

I'll be surprised if this is a duplicate, since the only questions I see on here similar are for gaining mass or something similar. I see questions that mention hiit, but don't mention specific hiit ...
user avatar
  • 1,336
3 votes
3 answers
5k views

Max Heart Rate for HIIT with weights

I've started doing HIIT with weights and with that have done lots of reading and research. One thing I've read of course is with HIIT you need to increase intensity. When lifting weights should I be ...
user avatar
  • 1,702
3 votes
2 answers
184 views

Doing HIIT instead of longer workouts

I current train for flat water kayak racing by doing 2 or 3 long days (2-4 hours) a week, 2 or 3 normal intervals (1-1.5 hours), and 1 or 2 rest days. But I've been able to do that because I work ...
user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
383 views

Is there any truth to the maxim "cardio kills gains"?

I have been meaning to ask this question for a while, and I hope that it's within the scope of this site's FAQ. For about half a year or so, I've been going to the gym approximately 5 times a week, ...
user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
139 views

How long can the work periods in HIIT be?

Usually the recommendations for HIIT workouts involve 20 second high intensity work followed by an equivalent or greater rest period. Or Tabata, which invoves 20 second work followed by a 10 second ...
user avatar
3 votes
4 answers
207 views

What can I do to stop losing my sleep for several days after a HIIT?

I'm already reaching my forties and I'm a software developer, not very fit. I do workout with some regularity but never exert myself too much. There are days when I do some HIIT though. I have ...
user avatar
  • 31
3 votes
1 answer
850 views

HIIT vs steady state: long term health effects

Most articles nowadays seem to favor High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) compared to Steady State Cardio (SS), for various reasons like faster fat loss and getting higher levels of cardio fitness ...
user avatar
  • 219
2 votes
1 answer
474 views

What exactly is Metabolic Resistance Training? How effective is it?

So I randomly came across this book by 50 Cent called, Formula 50: A 6-Week Workout and Nutrition Plan That Will Transform Your Life. Reading the table of contents I saw a chapter talking about MRT (...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
100 views

Max HR not reached

I’m 5’6. 54kg. Do HIIT 4x week & spin/combat 2x week. My Max HR (220-45=175bpm) but I NEVER reach it. Ever! My RHR is 44-45bpm. VO2max is 48.9. I push myself to absolute max but I just don’t get ...
user avatar
2 votes
3 answers
313 views

HIIT in the living room

I am looking for an aerobic training system for the living room: Should be possible to start with low aerobic load and gradually increase to high intensity, like HIIT or interval training. Ideally ...
user avatar
  • 1,163
2 votes
2 answers
131 views

How to achieve high intensity HIIT with equipment available in a gym?

I love doing HIIT with battle rope and sledgehammer. These cardio intensity is the highest two I ever have. I love battle rope most because it has almost no joint wearing. I separate loading to whole ...
user avatar
  • 214
2 votes
1 answer
192 views

Is intuitive training as effective as HIIT training?

I have recently read about a new type of training - Intuitive training - And it explains how it can be done as an alternative to HIIT training while allowing you to form a healthy relationship with ...
user avatar
2 votes
3 answers
562 views

How to do HIIT when it takes a while for the treadmill to speed up and slow down?

I am interested in starting a HIIT regimen to maximize my fat loss but the issue I am having is that it takes a while for the treadmill to speed up and slow down. I am trying to start by doing 30 ...
user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
181 views

10-15% high intensity training - what is the % of

I have read in a number of places (magazines and some online) that when training for things like a 10K run, half marathon or cycling event doing HIIT training can help but you should not do too much ...
user avatar
  • 273
2 votes
4 answers
116 views

Interval versus Continuous training for weight loss

My wife has been trying to get me to do interval training (e.g. bike hard for 30s and then take it easy for 4-5 mins) instead of ride a stationary bike, mainly so she can be outside and we can ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
114 views

Is keeping my HR greater than 185 for 15 min safe?

Two days ago, I tried a 20-minute tabata workout and my apple watch (worn around my arm not wrist for increased accuracy) said that for 15 min my hr was 185-194 and it stayed above 120 for over 30 ...
user avatar
  • 123
2 votes
2 answers
80 views

Joint strength progress

Normally my workouts are HIIT style, so there are not many reps. So far I am quite satisfied with my progress, but after some minor injury on my knee in am wondering if lowering weight and increasing ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
871 views

Ear(s) making a muffle sound during high intensity weight training sessions

This happens almost every time when I do high intensity interval training (HIIT). Even though I'm a physical therapist and a master trainer, I still can't really figure this out. I've read online that ...
user avatar
  • 1,738
2 votes
1 answer
105 views

Running question

Since a 3 months i started running 3 times a week(about 30 minutes now last few weeks). Next thing i want to work on endurance and speed and was thinking to do 2 times per week HIIT run(30 minutes) ...
user avatar
  • 23
2 votes
1 answer
146 views

Can HIIT be done at a lower resistance?

During the high interval phase, can I do it in a high intensity but low resistance? or the resistance should be also high to be more effective in fat burning? I've been doing HIIT on elliptical ...
user avatar
  • 21
2 votes
1 answer
225 views

Should I start taking supplements other than my protein?

I started my journey towards a healthier lifestyle on January 2014 weighing 253 lbs, I did weight routines and HIIT(once a week) followed a STRICT diet and managed to drop to 218lbs by the end of the ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
4k views

Tabata calorie burn with 4 minute excersie

I have started doing cardio from one Youtube channel which is showing that in 84 min I can burn around 1000 calories (but 1000 is not my goal). I do gym also so I want to burn till 400-500 calories. ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
819 views

What is the optimal heart rate in the rest phase of high intensity interval training?

I am doing HIIT running. I push myself to 85-90% of my maximum heart rate in the high intensity interval. In the rest phase, my heart rate usually stays high for a while, then quickly drops. I jog ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
64 views

HIIT Zone 5 without Cycling, Sprinting, Swimming

The original HIIT research papers studied the benefits of HIIT, but only when the participants were achieving Zone 5 (90-95 % of Max HR) Are there exercises that lends well with the HIIT 20 seconds ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
114 views

Is it safe to exercise barefoot?

I don’t like to wear shoes in-house. Is it safe to exercise barefoot on carpet? What if I use a thin mattress on top of the carpet? What about HIIT exercises like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
user avatar
  • 191
2 votes
1 answer
108 views

If I'm training only for 5k, can I do mostly VO2 max training workouts?

Advanced 5k training programs often recommend high mileage. For example, 20km a week. Studies show that HIIT and sprint interval training can produce similar or even greater increases in mitochondria ...
user avatar
  • 391
2 votes
2 answers
410 views

Does weighlifting have the same benefits as HIIT?

Background of HIIT High intensity interval training (HIIT) is generally performed by sprinting close to maximum capacity followed by rest. The process is repeated several times. Proponents of HIIT ...
user avatar
  • 7,517
2 votes
1 answer
1k views

Foot pain during all exercise - HIIT alternatives?

I'm at a loss for what to do. For a number of years now the outer underside of both of my feet cause me a lot if pain during excercise - running, cross trainer, walking!! I've tried different footwear ...
user avatar
  • 21
2 votes
2 answers
136 views

what kinds of HIIT do/can you do on the treadmill

I am just looking to mix it up on the treadmill, Right now I do 50 minutes running at 8.5mph at 2% incline and then 15 minutes of HIIT 1 minute at 13mph and 1 minute at 5mph alternating at 2% incline, ...
user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
83 views

Aerobic Video Game type exercises

I am looking for video game type programs for aerobic exercise I should have a look at. What I am looking for is: (1) To be able to set time, intensity and perhaps physical difficulty. (2) To record ...
user avatar
  • 1,163
1 vote
5 answers
380 views

Sticking it out for longer

I am running to loose weight, I like using the treadmill, I put it on 2% incline and set the speed to 10.0 mph. Now the thing is, I think this is more of a mental barrier than a physical one, I always ...
user avatar