(high intensity interval training) are one of the main keys to
and preserving muscle while trying to lean out. HIIT is meant to be tough and the workouts are designed to leave you feeling exhausted, tanked, run over, you name it. If you push yourself the way a HIIT workout should be done, the results will come quickly. How do you know if you haven’t worked hard enough? If you can continue to exercise after 15-20 minutes of HIIT, then you didn’t help yourself much or do justice to the HIIT program.
Here is an example of my FAVORITE interval routine. This can be done on any cardio machine, though I prefer either a track or a treadmill. The workout is inspired by Christian Thibaudeau: bodybuilder, strength trainer, and writer.
Jog 30 seconds, sprint 20 seconds
Jog 1 minute, sprint 30 seconds
Jog one and half minutes, sprint 40 seconds
Jog 2 minutes, sprint 50 seconds
Jog 2 and a half minutes, sprint 1 minute
Jog 3 minutes sprint 1 minute and 10 seconds
Total: 15 minutes. You should feel out of breath, and possibly like vomiting when done 😉 It’s complete hell but it’s also guaranteed to work. Besides, wouldn’t you rather do cardio for 15 minutes instead of an hour? I would. I can do this first thing in the morning or after any lifting session. And it works!