Despite what you may have heard, you don’t need to spend hours and hours at the gym to tone up, shed fat, and feel amazing. Martel Martellus, NASM-certified trainer at Equinox, recommends doing HIIT (high-intensity interval training) sessions when you’re short on time and want to get in a good workout.
“HIIT workouts can help you burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time,” Martel told POPSUGAR. “They also keep your metabolic rate high after your workout so you burn extra calories, even after.” That means you’ll burn more calories throughout the day, long after you’ve wrapped up your sweat session.
Not only does HIIT equal more calorie burn, but “it adds as a post-exercise appetite suppressant,” Martel said. “It allows for higher levels of fat oxidation in the muscles, which basically means that your lipid molecules (fat cells) are broken down into smaller sizes and used for energy rather than excess storage, which contributes to weight loss.” Sounds good to us. Where do we sign up?
I did a HIIT workout with Martel last week, and it was a tough one. We did seven different exercises for 20 seconds and rested for 10 seconds before moving onto the next one. You go through all the exercises once, rest for 60 seconds, and repeat two more times for a total of three rounds. That only equals 10.5 minutes of work. You can do anything for 10 minutes! And the best part is, you don’t need any equipment for this session.
Here are the exercises, and descriptions for each one are below.
- Split lunge jump + squat
- Plyometric push-ups
- Mountain climbers + burpee tuck jump
- Shuffle + curtsy lunge
- Reverse burpee
- Lateral hops
- Split lunge jumps