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April Trainer Tip: 3 Reasons Why You Should Try HIIT

April 16, 2015

by Karyn Linderberry
Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer
Education: SUNY Cortland B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation with Concentration on Special Needs populations
Certifications: Personal Training Level 1 American Red Cross: First Aid, CPR ACSM Certified Personal Trainer TRX Suspension Training Group Instructor Les Mills: BODYPUMP, SH’BAM, BODYFLOW

This time of year when many of us are looking to change our routine and prepare for the summer weather and wardrobe. HIIT training is a very easy and effective way to change our bodies and our routine.

1.    What does HIIT stand for? High intensity interval training. HIIT is all about giving maximum effort through intense, quick bursts of exercise to elevate your heartrate followed with short sometimes active rest/recovery time.

2.    Who should try HIIT? Anyone who might be looking to burn fat and calories in a shorter amount of time, increase their metabolism and change their everyday routine. 

3.    How can I incorporate HIIT into my routine? You can incorporate this style of training right into your regular routine. Try doing this rourtine:

a.    Jumping-jacks, squats, lunges, pushups and triceps dips for 30 seconds each with a one-minute rest. Repeat two to three times. 
b.    You can also easily incorporate this style into running or biking routines for example: Try running as fast as you can for 1 minute then walk for 2 minutes, repeat this 3-minute interval five times for a total of 15 minutes. 

HIIT is exactly what you need to conquer your next obstacle course race like Mud, Sweat and Cheers III at Island on May 9.  If you are still uncertain of how to begin using the HIIT model it might be time to consider working with one of the our qualified personal trainers. We can help get you into a solid HIIT routine and to achieve your goals.

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