I am fairly positive that most of my readers have read about High Intensity Interval Training – HIIT. Just about every expert & many bloggers write about how it is the end all for fat loss, weight loss, shorter workouts etc. Yes, HIIT is a great tool but it has to be defined & developed to each person – not just one thing for everyone! ALSO, BEFORE I EVEN GET INTO MY POST TOMORROW, ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE HEALTH ISSUES!
Now I am NOT saying it does not do all that! What I am saying is the HIIT to you is not HIIT to me. We all have different levels of fitness! Any article on HIIT should qualify the speed, hill elevation or anything else with —> Rate of Perceived Exertion, RPE as well as how to modify if the speed or elevation is too much. This is a scale of 1-10 on how you are feeling while you are exercising. “On a 1-10 scale of perceived exertion, high intensity can be considered anything over an effort level of 7. When using max heart rate (MHR) as a guide, high intensity can be considered exercising above 80% of MHR.” My 7 – 9 RPE is different from others RPE so it always has to be YOUR RPE!!!!
I do HIIT and intervals in my cardio training. They are my own specific form of HIIT. I actually have HIIT different from my intervals per the way I work out for me. Even saying this, when I was younger & especially in my older years, I still do more cardio time than many of the experts say you have to do with HIIT. WHY? My joints can’t sustain all the HIIT in a session for what I want FOR ME in terms of staying lean.
Most experts have HIIT training in the 20-30 minute time frame. That is a good time frame for many that need to get it done! I just want to stay leaner & for me, I do more – again FOR ME!
I do a mixture of HIIT, intervals & steady state. In fact, there are experts out there that say this is best for weight loss, weight management and fat loss. YES, there are experts that can say anything. I am just saying this works for me personally.
The biggest thing I want to emphasize here is THAT YOUR HIIT WILL BE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PEOPLE’S HIIT!
For some, just high knee lifts may put them at a RPE of 7!
FOR ALL TRAINERS & FITNESS PROFESSIONAL OUT THERE – PLEASE EMPHASIZE THIS WHEN YOU WRITE ABOUT HIIT!
Do you do HIIT and/or interval training? If you are a fitness professional, do you explain the RPE to them? If you are just a regular ole workout person, has your fitness professional explained the above to you?