H.I.I.T. and H.E.A.T. workouts sound very familiar so much so that you could almost think they were the same thing. However, they do differ slightly and the exercise classes are certainly not for the light-hearted. Here is the difference betwwen H.I.I.T. and H.E.A.T.:
H.I.I.T. (High-Intensity Interval Training)
H.I.I.T. is suitable to those of all levels. However, beginners should be conscious of moving at their own pace and not pushing themselves too far to avoid injury. Those who are in good shape can train harder and for longer. Because their muscles will be stronger and their cardiovascular endurance will be better. The workout sessions are often shorter than your average class and can be just 10 minutes. They don’t necessarily need to be as long as you work twice as hard. It’s a combination of very-high intensity bursts of cardio exercises followed by equal or longer periods of rest. Activities can include sprinting, biking, jump ropes or other body weight exercises.
H.I.I.T. works by raising your metabolism and creating an oxygen deficit, which encourages your body to burn more calories. Not only do you burn calories during the workout but the intense exertion kicks your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive afterwards. Therefore meaning the calorie burning continues for longer.
If you are looking to get shredded, High-Intensity Interval Training is the one for you. It involves bodyweight work such as push-ups or adding weight with kettlebells, medicine balls or dumbbells. All of which will tone your muscles, spike your heart rate, improve your endurance and complement your strength development.
High-Intensity Interval Training makes your heart work harder and become stronger as you are putting it through intense training. Thus improving overall its health. It’s a fast, intense and effective way to workout, and allows you to spend less time at the gym.
H.E.A.T. (High Energy Athletic Training)
A H.E.A.T. workout is designed to increase speed and overall fitness, build lean muscles and improve agility. The intensity level of the workout is progressively increased throughout the session. In order to strengthen your muscles and mind.
It’s an extension of H.I.I.T., however, H.E.A.T. focuses not only on making you physically stronger but mentally as well. It speeds up your body’s process as well as your brain cells neurons to give you maximum muscle control.
High Energy Athletic Training is a circuit of high intensity strength and cardio intervals. The workout focuses on targeting the whole body with a special focus on the core. It teaches you to use your energy sources for maximum athletic output and has four key elements. They are agility, speed, power and stamina combined with periods of rest. It’s designed to elevate your heart rate and keep it at an elevated level. Thus the higher you can raise your heart rate and maintain it, the more energy you will burn. This is the best way to shed fat as your heart rate stays elevated during the workout.
H.E.A.T. differs from high intensity training as it doesn’t cause you to bulk out and gain muscles. It focuses on your major muscle groups as well as your minor muscles. Along with strengthening them by increasing the number of muscle fibers in a muscle group. It helps prevent injuries and reduce the strain on your muscles. This is because it uses your joints’ full range of motion during the session.
Much like H.I.I.T., the workout sessions don’t always last a full hour and the duration depends completely on the class you go to. It’s an intense and tough workout, so expect to sweat.
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