Why You Only Think You’re Doing HIITs But Probably Aren’t (and Don’t Really Need to Anyway)

If you pay the slightest bit of attention to fitness trends, you've probably heard HIIT (high intensity interval training) is the greatest thing to happen to workouts since rubber soles shoes. The thing is, the term "HIIT" has been thrown about so much in recent years, it's true essence has become diluted. I was chatting with Fabio Comana, M.A., M.S., faculty instructor at San Diego State University, and University of California, San Diego at the IDEA World Fitness Conference where he was giving a lecture about this topic. He says, many of us out there think we're doing HIIT programs but we're really doing "some intensity" or "slightly higher intensity" intervals instead. This means we may not actually be getting all those amazing HIIT benefits we read about like increased V02 max and endurance, improved insulin sensitivity, reduced body fat and blood pressure and increased EPOC, excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (a.k.a. "afterburn"). Not to mention the well-touted benefit of saving time since HIIT workouts are supposed to be short and intense. HIIT programs were originally developed to make athletes bigger, faster and stronger. They were intended to be all-out maximum efforts to where you need substantial recovery time after each one. If you're doing an interval workout that lasts for around an hour, it's probably not a true HIIT workout. You simply can't perform enough intervals at your maximal performance levels to fill an hour unless you're taking very long recoveries. Your body runs out of the energy necessary to perform at that level and it needs sufficient recovery time to replenish before you can do it again, like...

The Super Hundred Rep Circuit

I guess I have a thing about the number 100 haha!  It may have started years ago when I started doing Pilates (and the exercise called "the hundred").  Someday I'll ask a shrink about my mild obsession. For this circuit, you can pick any 4 exercises you like (make sure the are not too similar or over using the same muscles unless you have a specific reason to).  Perform each exercise for 25 reps taking minimal breaks in between unless you are loosing good form, in which case you should listen to your body and keep your technique top of mind. When I do it, I complete the circuit 4 times so I get 100 reps of each exercise.  See how many times you can complete your circuit with the ultimate goal being 4 times!  Let me know how you...