High-intensity interval training (or HIIT for short) has become one of the most popular forms of exercise over the last five years. Consisting of short intervals of ‘maximum’ intensity exercise, separated by intervals of low to moderate intensity exercise or periods of ‘active rest’, HIIT is a sure-fire way to increase fitness and shed fat fast.
Stephanie McLennan, UniRec's Group Exercise Co-ordinator, recently attended FILEX 2016, a fitness convention in Melbourne and has brought back the most up-to-date fitness trends and research to share with UniRec's Group Exercise Programme. Out of everything covered during the three-day conference, HIIT was one of the most talked about topics.
After hearing all the great things Steph learnt while she was away, we asked her to put together some basic information to share with members to let them know why HIIT is such a hit...
With all of this in mind, including a HIIT-focussed class in our weekly Group Ex timetable for our members to enjoy (or not!) is a no-brainer.
HIIT Intervals is a 45 minute class designed around short bursts of maximum work-rate followed by active recovery. The class tests participants’ fitness levels and pushes their bodies hard, while offering a variety of different cardio and resistance exercises during each interval. Anyone looking for a class that increases fitness and strength, burns calories and leaves you dripping with sweat by the end should definitely give it a go. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday mornings, from 6.00 - 6.45am weekly.
Other Group Ex classes incorporating HIIT principles include Rev Express, Step Intervals, and Body Blast.
For the full Group Ex timetable and information about other classes on offer, click here.