Voted one of the Top 3 Fitness Trends in 2017 by the ACSM Health and Fitness Journal®, high intensity interval training (HIIT) has cemented it’s place in the hearts of gym goers worldwide.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a very large rock for the last 5 years you’ll know HIIT is all-out intense bursts of exercise activity followed by a short recovery period which are sometimes also an active period.
You’ll also know that your members are demanding the best of everything from your gym – the best trainers, the best equipment, the best group fitness classes, the best ‘hello’ when they walk in the door, the best iced coffee, well maybe not the iced coffee. You get my drift though. Don’t think that’s accurate? That’s only because they’re not telling you (or you’re not listening) – but rest assured, they’re thinking it!
Now I could go off on a tangent here, but lets just focus on the positives and highlight one of reasons why your members keep walking through that door every day (and if you’re doing things right there should be a heap of reasons). It’s those little letters on your group ex timetable…HIIT.
Why is HIIT is a popular choice at the gym? (apart from having a great trainer)
The oxygen shortage you experience during this type of high intensity workout and the after-burn effect during recovery is referred to as Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC). This metabolic boost can last for up to 48 after your routine, which, bottom line, helps burn more fat calories compared to a regular aerobic (normal oxygen presence) workout even after you’ve left the gym.
There’s more. The ‘I haven’t got time to exercise’ excuse is out the window, because typically HIIT is a 30 minute session AND because your workout can be body weight based, you can do it without any equipment.
In the gym, a well structured HIIT session is likely to offer a mix of body weight activities with a sprinkling of machine based exercises to add variety and have even more fun.
Two new innovative products to hit the market and promise to incorporate dynamic HIIT training to your gym floor are the Assault AirBike Elite and the Assault AirRunner from a new Precor and Assault Fitness partnership.
The Assault AirBike Elite
The Assault AirBike meets the challenge of an individuals ability and strength because the push, pull and pedal speed and force reacts automatically through the resistance wheel, personalising your workout intensity, experience and outcome.
With an LCD screen and Bluetooth connectivity, the Assault AirBike console is packed with features including eight pre-programmed workout options, goal based distance, calories, heart and time selections or custom interval and high intensity choices.
Need a little encouragement to cross the line? Integrated messaging continually motivates you through your session.
The Assault AirRunner
Designed with HIIT in mind, the non-motorised Assault AirRunner has a low carbon and low physical footprint, meeting the demands of space-poor facility.
With no ‘on/off’ button or maximum speed, the exerciser is in control with handrails for support and balance during transition. Its a jump on and go scenario, perfect for high intensity interval training and functional group sessions.
Face sideways with hands on the handrail for a side shuffle option and you’ve got a power packed workout in a small package.
This is how to incorporate dynamic high intensity interval training onto your gym floor!
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