If you’ve trained with me you know I love the sweet burn of interval training during sessions. Not only do they keep you moving and keep our workouts spicy, they have numerous scientific benefits for fat loss, heart health and muscle recovery.
Bursts of high intensity increase caloric expenditure thus burning more calories. In addition to this, the total calories burned is greater in the exercise post oxygen consumption for HIIT than with continuous exercise.
Using a HIIT method can also boost your endurance which is seen through improved blood pressure and higher counts of mitochondria. Science also suggests an improvement in VO2 max and improved glycemic control.
HIIT can also increase flexibility and elasticity in your arteries and veins supporting improved heart health.
In addition to these internal benefits, interval training keeps things more interesting than continuous exercise (like an hour on the treadmill). It also cuts your workout in half and works to avoid plateauing.
Ive shared 4 of my favourite plyo exercises great for intervals. Next time you’re at the gym, try adding these between sets or reps to kick your workout up a notch.