MY problem with HIIT
High intensity interval training (HIIT) has been the buzz in the fitness industry for a number of years now. The principle is simple. High intensity exercise pushes you out of your comfort zone for short periods of time.
In turn, your body releases stress hormones conducive to fat burn and improving overall fitness. Great for the time pressed individual who needs quick yet effective exercise. And I agree with all of this. It’s a good training tool.
But here’s my gripe with HIIT. Many professionals demonise other training methods like cardio saying it is ineffective. Moreover, they will compare athletes like cross fit athletes with endurance athletes like Mo Farrah and say which do you think is better for you.
The problem is, Mo Farrah isn’t trying to build muscle. In fact, he’s trying to do the opposite. Mo Farrah would whip almost anyone else on the planets butt in a flat out endurance event. An elite athlete. A cardiovascular system off the scale. So to suggest this type of training is ineffective is not correct!
Cardiovascular exercise is really good for your health. It improves lung function, cardiovascular health, strengthens your heart, improves circulation, and generally makes you a more efficient being. It’s a wonderful training tool if that’s your thing. Granted, if you want to get big and muscly then cardio isn’t the training strategy for you but believe it or not this isn’t everyones goal.
Therefore, here’s my tack on HIIT and why other types of training are just as valid!