During the past few months, people have been spending more time at home. This has given people the chance to pick up new hobbies, catch up on TV shows, communicate with family members and friends, take care of their overall health and wellness. While gyms might be closed, there are still ways that people can stay in shape through home workouts. While it is nice to go outside and run, bike, or swim, there are also workouts called high-intensity interval training (HIIT) routines.
For those who might not know, high-intensity interval training workouts involve max-effort movements that are broken up by short rest periods. In addition to boosting overall athletic performance, HIIT workouts can also be used to burn calories quickly, improve cardiovascular health, and build muscle strength. For those looking to learn more about HIIT workouts, there are a few examples to note.
Some high-intensity interval training workouts do not require any equipment at all. These are often termed body-weight workouts. Some of the top workouts to note include:
Burpees are a classic HIIT workout. To perform this exercise:
This exercise can be done several times in a row before a break.
Those who want to focus on their quads can stick to the jump squat. To perform this exercise:
This is a great way to target the muscles of the lower body
A classic core exercise, a plank is a versatile routine that can be held for several minutes with breaks in between. To perform a plank exercise:
This will quickly shred the core and can be repeated several times.
Of course, there are other high-intensity interval training workouts that can be done with weights. A few of the top HIIT weight training workouts to note include:
To perform a deadlift:
During this exercise, keep the spine straight
To perform this exercise, do the burpee above; however, during the jump, hop over the dumbbells from side to side. The added length of the jump adds a new challenge.
Similar to a benchpress, performing this exercise entails:
This routine can be performed several times before a break.
Most of these exercises can be performed in sets of ten before taking a break. Going through a few quick reps can quickly boost athletic performance and muscle strength.
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