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My Latest Adventure …. HIIT

on April 24, 2013

OK as some of you may know I was doing the Chalean Extreme Program.  Well I am not anymore.  Now first and foremost let me say I LOVED Chalean.  But I stopped for a few reasons

  1. I need heavier weights
  2. Didn’t feel like I was improving with the current weights I have

The program is great, a little different than what I expected, but really fantastic.  And I will be revisiting it at a future date.  I did most of Phase 1 which was the Burn Phase of the program.

In the meantime I decided to join the world of HIIT.  OK, lets back up a little.  What is HIIT?


Per Wikipedia HIIT is: High-intensity interval training (HIIT), also called High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise (HIIE) or sprint interval training, is an enhanced form of interval training, an exercise strategy alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. HIIT is a form of cardiovascular exercise. Usual HIIT sessions may vary from 4–20 minutes. These short, intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism, and improved fat burning

Or as I like to call it my butt kicking for the day.  I never realized how sweaty, nasty and tired I could get in 18 minutes (or less) on the program I am doing.  No joke, it’s HARD!  But you know what I LOVE it!!  I am on my second full week and seriously I already see a difference, no kidding, especially in my mid section.  I’m over 40 so if your like me this is easily your problem area too.  You see I was starting to get what some consider “skinny fat” it can happen to distance runners.   OK what the heck is skinny fat?  Well let’s turn to the Urban dictionary for their definition….

skinny fat
A physique, while not overweight (and possibly underweight), lacks any visible lean, striated tissue.
While I was doing Jillian Micheals last year along with my half marathon training I was NOT skinny fat but I was very, very lean.  I am hoping to get back to that or better with HIIT.
So what HIIT am I doing?
I had been toying with the idea of doing HIIT for a while thru videos from  Recently Kyla Gagnon ( An Inside Out Fitness’s Personal Trainer and Sport Nutrition Specialist), the body behind BodyRipped, came out with a series of Home Videos called Totality A2X.  This is a paid version of her workouts.  I like them a lot.  No fancy camera angels, no fancy set.  In fact its just Kyla doing the exercises with you on a home video.  This program is full body, using your own body weight for training.  Burpees, squats, push-ups, dips etc.
After doing research about HIIT on my own thru research on various websites I was sold on trying it out.
The premise is (in layman’s terms) is work hard (ok really freakin’ hard) during Interval (short bursts) training resulting in a better post workout fat burn and oxidation, improved strength etc.  If you want to know more detailed info you should google HIIT like I did.  There is a ton of info out there.
Please note I DO NOT WORK FOR NOR AM I OFFICIALLY AFFILIATED WITH BODYRIPPED.NET.  Opinions expressed here are solely my own and are my personal experience.
So I am planning on continuing with this program.  I have Nike DC Half Marathon this weekend.  So for the remainder of this week I will have to scale back the HIIT.  HIIT the day or two before long distance running….not a good combo, I learned that last week.  But I will pick back up with it next week.  Keep an eye out for updates!

5 Responses to “My Latest Adventure …. HIIT”

  1. amrtt says:

    LOVE HIIT. Also adore Jillian 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    emma @

  2. martha84 says:

    Love some HIIT! Anything that saves me time and delivers results is fabulous in my book. Enjoy!

  3. Cindy says:

    I love your blog and your FB page! I need to check out HIIT. I’m glad you did a blog on this since I had no idea what you were talking about. 🙂 I’ve, also, a TNT alum and thank goodness to Coach Bob, Coach Michelle, and Coach Diane and my TEAMmates on TNT to run the MCM last year. I’m doing the Nike 1/2 this weekend, too, but not with TNT. I will be one of the people yelling “Go TEAM” on the route as I am running. Have a great week and a great run!

  4. I have been thinking about doing the Chalene Extreme Program after I am done with LesMills Combat. I love that Combat is really sneaky with it’s HIIT unlike Turbofire which totally gives them away. I will have to check out this site for more HIIT ideas.

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