High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has grown in popularity over the past few years as a preferred method for fat loss over Low Intensity Steady State (LISS) training.
In brief, HIIT creates a higher metabolic effect than LISS causing an increased calorie burn post exercise for anything up to 24hrs. There are other benefits which include increased insulin sensitivity, increase in growth hormone (youthening hormone), anaerobic conditioning, lactate tolerance and muscle building. Sound a bit geeky? We’ll be posting more about these topics soon to get you up to date.
Why a hybrid?
HIIT is intense (obviously) and will stimulate cortisol release from your adrenal glands. Cortisol (stress hormone) mobilizes protein stores (muscle) and fat stores (fatty acids) and converts them into usable energy in order to preserve glycogen (stored carbohydrate). Therefore we use the HIIT to mobilise fatty acids and LISS to burn them.
Give it a go!
HIIT – Watt Bike Tabata Protocol – 8 x 20s sprints with 10s recovery.
LISS – Watt Bike – 30 minutes maintaining 90 RPM (adjust air and magnetic resistance to maintain RPM)
We wouldn’t recommend this without trying it first for ourselves – see link below