Healthworks High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Q&A

My most recent blogging hiatus was not planned, so I hope no one was concerned with my last post being one in which I talked about being sick. I’m fine, as my Instagram account attests, I just needed a bit of a break to adjust to a change in my schedule. I’m proud of myself for taking the time I needed (it’s the year of slowing down, remember).

That said, I’m back and I have news! Don’t get too excited if you aren’t in the Boston area because it won’t apply to you, but I’ll be teaching a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) small group at Healthworks on Monday mornings — one at 7am, another at 7:30am. I’ll update my training page soon with info about rates, but in the meantime I wanted to share a few of the FAQs I’ve received and the answers to them. As a side note, all of these are also available on the Healthworks facebook page¬†where I led a Q&A earlier today.

Healthworks HIIT Q & A
Photo courtesy of Healthworks Fitness

What is Healthworks HIIT?

Scientifically formulated for efficiency and effectiveness, Healthworks High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a results driven, fast paced, 30-minute workout that increases fat loss and endurance. HIIT is the ideal workout for achieving your goals by maximizing calories burned, increasing your metabolism all while accommodating your busy schedule. Classes are advanced level and taught by a certified personal trainer.

What do you mean by “advanced” and how do I know if I’m at that level?

Our HIIT workout is set up as high intensity intervals followed by lower intensity recovery intervals. Between these two types of exercise, there is no designated transition time, so the ability to make fast transitions (sometimes from the floor to standing and vice versa) is very important for this workout. You’ll be moving the entire time in the 30 minute class and you’ll want to get the most out of each of your intervals.

Are the workouts the same at all of the Healthworks clubs?

For this first season of HW HIIT (6 weeks) all of the workouts will be the same across all the clubs, including the individual and team challenges. During the second season, trainers have the option to add their own twist to the exercises, but the challenges and general format of the classes will stay the same.

What do you mean by team and individual challenges?

Each class there will be an individual or team challenge (sometimes both) where we’ll keep score of how you did (either as a whole class or as an individual). Those scores will be compared to all of the other HW HIIT classes across all the clubs. This means you’ll get to see how your team stacks up against all the others. The challenges will repeat during the 6 weeks (week 1 and 4, week 2 and 5, week 3 and 6) so you’ll also be able to see how you improve individually as you gain strength and endurance.

I have an injury or limitation, can I still participate?

Trainers will be able to provide modifications as needed for the exercises to account for injuries or limitations. If, however, you are unable to perform high intensity exercises due to a heart condition or similar medical limitation, this may not be the best fit for you. Please reach out to the trainer whose class you are interested in attending if you have specific questions or concerns about exercises and your personal limitations.

Is this going to be a drop in class?

HIIT officially launches as a progressive group next week (meaning it is not a drop in class and you will be committing to the full 6 weeks). There are several complimentary demo classes at each club this week and we encourage you to try them out to see if it’s a good fit.

Can I really get an effective workout in 30 minutes?

HIIT is designed to help you efficiently burn fat and increase endurance. You’ll be surprised just how much you can accomplish in 30 minutes when you’re doing the right combination of heart rate work and active recovery. Plus you’ll have a personal trainer there to help you get the absolute most out of the workout.

More questions? Comment below or send me an email and I’ll get you the answer!

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    Iv’e heard a lot of great things about HIIT. I’m time poor so do you think this kind of Workout would be beneficial for me?

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