HIIT Zero to Hero: 4-Week No Equipment HIIT Program
High-Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, has been a hot topic for some years now.
This program is designed to bring you the powerful effects that HIIT has to offer, without needing any equipment!
This introduction will teach you about the science behind HIIT, its benefits, and whether it can be done effectively without equipment.
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What Is HIIT?
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a popular form of cardiovascular exercise that alternates short, intense bursts of activity with short pauses for recovery.
This training method will keep your heart rate high and allow you to get a really effective and challenging workout faster than traditional cardio.
It can also be used for people of all types of different fitness levels, from professional athletes to soccer moms.
Science Behind HIIT
A process called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC, is probably the one to “blame” when it comes to the effectiveness of HIIT.
EPOC is also known as the afterburn effect.
During high-intensity exercises, the body consumes more oxygen than during low-intensity workouts.
This increased oxygen consumption leads to an elevated metabolism for hours after the workout, ultimately burning more calories even while at rest.
Benefits Of HIIT
Increased fat loss: The afterburn effect that HIIT provides helps you burn more calories throughout the day, even after finishing the workout. This contributes to faster fat loss. Of course, a healthy lifestyle and diet are always a priority when trying to lose fat.
Improved cardiovascular health: HIIT has been shown to improve cardiovascular health by increasing VO2 max. VO2 max is basically the maximum rate of oxygen your body can use during exercise.
Doing HIIT workouts regularly can help lower blood pressure, reduce resting heart rate, and improve overall heart health.
Muscle preserving: Unlike steady-state cardio, HIIT preserves muscle mass while still promoting fat loss. HIIT activates our fast-twitch muscle fibers, helping us maintain muscle mass.
Time-efficient: You can complete a HIIT workout in 15-30 minutes, making it perfect for busy people looking for an effective exercise program. We now know that HIIT workouts can get us similar, if not better, cardiovascular benefits as traditional endurance training.
Accessibility: HIIT workouts can be tailored to anyone and adapted to all forms of exercise, including running, cycling, swimming, and bodyweight exercises. This type of versatility makes HIIT an excellent choice for individuals seeking variety in their workout routines.
To add on top of that list, HIIT has been proven to improve insulin sensitivity, which will regulate blood sugar levels and decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes.
It also promotes the release of human growth hormone, which plays a huge role in muscle growth, fat loss, and recovery.
Can You Do HIIT Without Equipment?
Even though weights and other equipment can make HIIT workouts more intense, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to have a great HIIT session with no equipment.
One of the best things about this method is that it can easily be regressed or progressed to fit your needs and fitness level.
Introducing The Program
The 4-week HIIT Zero to Hero program is designed specifically to cater to beginners & intermediates who are willing to engage with this highly effective and time-efficient form of training.
The program consists of 3 workouts per week, with each week getting progressively harder. You can use your own timer app, or use the followalong videos we provided to follow the whole workout- from the warmup to the stretching!
All exercises are to be done for 30 seconds, with 30 seconds in between exercises. You get 2 minutes of rest in between every set!
You won’t need any weights or fancy machines, just your body and your willingness to push your limits. Make sure you’re using proper technique during all times in order to avoid injuries.
Week 1: In the first week, you’ll be doing five exercises for two sets. It might not sound like much, but the “HI” in “HIIT” is there for a reason!
Week 2: In the second week, we will raise the intensity, doing six exercises per set.
Week 3: Still ramping up the intensity, we’ll leave the number of sets and exercises the same, but the exercises performed will be a bit more intense.
Week 4: This week is the most intense. You’ll now be performing three sets of six exercises.
The workout duration will naturally increase, and you’ll push your body to its limits.