Beginner's Guide to Interval Training

by Ken Carrier on Feb 19, 2016 3:24:27 PM


While interval training can produce intense results, beginner level HiiT exercises create the fundamentals for every workout. HiiT workouts are beneficial because you can start at any fitness level, and create more challenging workouts as you grow stronger. The adaptability is one of the reasons why these sessions are so popular. You’ll feel great when you find yourself completing harder workouts from simple modifications as time goes on! 

Essential Stretches Every Runner Needs

The basis of interval training is combining intense work periods, with short rest periods to maximize intensity. Your trainer can easily modify a workout to accommodate every fitness level, so everyone gets the intensity they need to reach their goals. The workouts may look intense, but when you break down the moves, any fitness level can perform some of the fundamental exercises. Check out some of the exercises you'll see in HiiT training.  

Walking Lunges.  
Begin with feet shoulder width apart and hands on your hips. Step forward with one foot and continue flexing knees to drop hips, making sure your knee does not lead over your toes. Drive out of your heels to raise yourself back up and continue forward to repeat with opposite leg.  

Building a strong core is the foundation to a strong body, and this exercise is a basic core workout with serious benefits. Begin by standing with feet less than shoulder width apart. Bend at the hips until your hands reach the ground. Walk hands out in front of you, making sure to engage core, while also engaging glutes to avoid added pressure to your lower back. Walk hands out as far as possible before reversing the movement until you return to starting position.  

Another fundamental exercise, but one that still requires a lot of upper body and core strength. Many exercisers who start interval training cannot complete an entire set of pushups and have been intimidated to try, but that's ok! By beginning with modified pushups, you'll find yourself completing several rounds with proper form in no time. And it doesn't stop there. While pushups can be modified to be easier while you're building strength, there are several variations to make regular pushups harder, making the possibilities endless, and challenging for every fitness level. 

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