Why High Intensity Interval Training Isn't The Answer

Published September 24, 2018
<article> <div> <ul> <li><a href="#section1">For Anyone New To HIIT Workouts</a></li> <li><a href="#section2">The Dark Side of High Intensity Interval Training</a></li> <li><a href="#section3">But Wait, Remember All The Good Things About HIIT?</a></li> <li><a href="#section4">Functional Interval Training (FIT)</a></li> </ul> </div> <section> <p align="justify">Unfortunately, most personal trainers these days think high intensity interval training (otherwise known as HIIT) is the cure to all exercise problems. In the name of burning more calories and taking less time, fitness junkies are flocking to HIIT workouts to finally burn the impossible weight away and build lean, tone muscle mass. And…</p> <p align="justify">Even though all these things are true about HIIT, I’m here to show you the dark side of HIIT...and why there’s a much safer, better way to tighten your legs, slim your belly, and tone your arms.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <section id="section1"> <h2>For Anyone New To HIIT Workouts</p></h2> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/girl-doing-pull-up-0011.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/girl-doing-pull-up-0011.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/girl-doing-pull-up-0011.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/girl-doing-pull-up-LR-0011.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="girl doing Pull Up"> </picture> <p align="justify">HIIT workouts vary based on ability level, but always follow a simple outline:</p> <p align="justify"><ul> <li>Exercise as hard as you can for anywhere from 15-60 seconds… </li> <li>Rest for 30-60 seconds… </li> <li>Repeat for 10-25 minutes, depending on the exercise plan… </li> </ul></p> <p align="justify">They’re packed with incredibly healthy benefits, including <a target="_blank" href="https://www.rd.com/health/fitness/high-intensity-interval-training/" rel="noreferrer" title="lighting your metabolism">lighting your metabolism</a> up like a fire and <a href="https://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/8-benefits-high-intensity-interval-training-hiit" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer" title="burning more fat">burning more fat</a>.<sup>1, 2</sup></p> <p align="justify">However, even though it’s a booming fad right now, I feel the responsibility to show you why it’s not good for you in the short term, and even worse in the long term…</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <section id="section2"> <h2>The Dark Side of High Intensity Interval Training</h2> <p align="justify">After being a personal trainer for over a decade and researching the deep truth about fitness, it’s hard to watch when something that’s actually hurting people becomes a health fad. I know, it’s no fun being on the opposing side of a trend, but do you mind if I show you exactly what’s going wrong with all this HIIT hype? First off…</p> <section id="section2.1"> <h3>In the short term…</h3> <p align="justify">High intensity interval training really puts a strain on your hormonal balance. Because you enter such an intense physical state, your body naturally produces the hormone cortisol, which, as you may know, is the stress hormone. And this can really harm your body…</p> <p align="justify">The fact of the matter is, we have so much stimulation these days that our bodies are always producing cortisol. Even a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16353426" rel="noreferrer" title="Yale University Study">Yale University Study</a> points to too much cortisol being bad. So, when you add to that cortisol with HIIT workouts… Your body’s fat storage increases… You increase blood pressure… And you decrease your quality of sleep!<sup>3, 4</sup></p> <section id="section2.2"> <h3>In the long term…</h3> <p align="justify">The truth is, HIIT workouts are so simple that underqualified “trainers” claim to know how to teach them. And (I’ve seen this first hand) what ends up happening is… </p> <section id="section2.3"> <h3>People get injured.</h3> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/injured-elbow-skeleton-0011.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/injured-elbow-skeleton-0011.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/injured-elbow-skeleton-0011.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/injured-elbow-skeleton-LR-0011.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="Elbow Injury"> </picture> <p align="justify">Injuries are so common because HIIT requires such an intense approach, that oftentimes <a target="_blank" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/hiit-fitness-scenes-biggest-fad-harm-good/" rel="noreferrer" title="proper form">proper form is forgotten</a>. More often than not, HIIT workouts focus so heavily on using muscles and spiking your heart rate that your joints ultimately suffer from misguided strain.<sup>5</sup></p> <p align="justify">This is exactly why the professional fitness community is telling people to avoid HIIT –– for the safety of their own body.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <section id="section3"> <h2>But Wait, Remember All The Good Things About HIIT?</h2> <p align="justify">Things like increased metabolism, a healthier heart, and quicker fat loss?</p> <p align="justify">Yeah, those are still extremely important! But it’s the risk on your body that makes HIIT not worth it.</p> <p align="justify">Maybe you’re thinking, “So, HIIT burns fat the best but hurts my body. Losing weight is hopeless.” Let me reassure you… </p> <p align="justify">There’s still hope!</p> <p align="justify">Because at one point in my life, I was extremely overweight with a shattered knee...and doctors were giving up on me. I was left on my own to figure out how to gain back strength and get rid of my fat, because I was tired of living a life where I couldn’t wear the clothes I wanted, was stared at by other people, and could barely finish a walk without being winded.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/man-doing-yoga-0011.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/man-doing-yoga-0011.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/man-doing-yoga-0011.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/man-doing-yoga-LR-0011.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="Man doing yoga"> </picture> <p align="justify">Which is exactly why I took all the best parts of HIIT, got rid of the harmful things, and found a new system that takes care of your body called…</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <section id="section4"> <h2>Functional Interval Training (FIT)</h2> <p align="justify">What in the world is that? (explanation on the next line...)</p> <p align="justify">Functional Interval Training takes all the best parts of HIIT and pairs them with a tested, extremely safe workout method that deeply strengthens joints and activates your muscles in the perfect way. This perfect blend of cardio and muscle toning exercises is the shortcut to burning up any unwanted fat, giving you optimal heart health, and energizing you as if you were a kid.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/couple-exercising-0011.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/couple-exercising-0011.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/couple-exercising-0011.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/couple-exercising-LR-0011.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="Couple Exercising"> </picture> <p align="justify">With FIT, you begin with the simplest muscle movement of any given exercise and build your muscle the proper way, until you can eventually do more advanced versions of the same exercise. This way, your muscles and joints will get stronger without shooting your cortisol levels through the roof!</p> <p align="justify">And if you were wondering about what skill level you need to be at, or what type of shape you need to be in...you need to know that it meets you exactly where you’re at (I had a broken knee when I started) and takes you from a beginner to advanced physical shape. All it requires is:</p> <p><b>Exercising 3 days a week…</b></p> <p><b>20 minute exercises with no equipment needed…</b></p> <p><b>And you can do them all from your own home!</b></p> <p align="justify">We have seen thousands of body transformations in our tribe, and heard story after story of the amazing success people are having.</p> <p align="justify">The only catch is, they weren’t just using FIT workouts to get these results.</p> <p align="justify">They took 2 minutes to learn their exact body type by taking the Core-Type Quiz. This is a personalized quiz that takes your body’s information and gives you the exact exercises you need to properly burn fat away, build lean muscle, and efficiently change your life!</p> <p align="justify">Without knowing your core type, people blindly walk through exercises, wasting time and often times hurting themselves in the process!</p> <p align="justify">So, take 2 minutes out of your day today to learn your core type, and you’ll save hundreds of hours of time wasted doing the wrong exercises over the course of your life. If this sounds like something you want, click the button at the bottom of this page!</p> <p align="justify">You’ll probably be shocked at how you feel after these exercises, too. Once you know your body type, the exercises really know how to work you! Click below to learn your body type!</p> <p align="justify"><b>Take the Free <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/core-quiz/?utm_expid=.X6E-ZiE2QYWOm_5NpubIOA.0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.warriormade.com%2Fcontent%2Fexercise%2Fbest-way-to-lose-weight%2F" rel="noreferrer" title="CORE-TYPE QUIZ">CORE-TYPE QUIZ</a> and Discover The Best Exercises For Your Body!</b></p> </section> <section> <h2>Resources</h2> <ol> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.rd.com/health/fitness/high-intensity-interval-training/" rel="noreferrer" title="High-Intensity Interval Training">High-Intensity Interval Training</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/8-benefits-high-intensity-interval-training-hiit" rel="noreferrer" title="Benefits of HIIT">8 Benefits of HIIT</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16353426" rel="noreferrer" title="Stress-induced cortisol response">Stress-induced cortisol response</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://universityhealthnews.com/daily/depression/how-to-recognize-high-cortisol-symptoms/" rel="noreferrer" title="High Cortisol Symptoms">How to Recognize High Cortisol Symptoms</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/hiit-fitness-scenes-biggest-fad-harm-good/" rel="noreferrer" title="HIIT">HIIT: is the fitness scene's biggest fad</a></li> </ol> </section> </article>

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