Why HIIT gives you the most bang for your buck.

There are 3 main components to fitness; cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility.  It is recommended that for a well-rounded workout regime, you work all 3 of these components to get your body into shape.

The problem?  Trying to train all of these components in the amount of time you have while your little one is napping or with the amount of energy you have after everyone is in bed, is tough.  This is why many Mamas just give up; because they think they need hours to work out.

HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training is a magical training modality because it works the strength of your muscles at a pace that gets your heart rate up.  So essentially we are training cardiovascular and strength at the same time.  Add a 5 minute recovery stretch at the end and an occasional Yoga class and VOILA, you are a well-rounded fitness Mama.

Today’s workout is going to work your strength and cardio at the same time so make sure to keep your heart rate up and to keep moving.

CARDIO HIIT – If you have an interval timer, set it for 45 seconds work and 15 seconds rest.  If you don’t have an interval timer, reps are written beside the exercise.

Set #1
1) Touch and cross (50)
2) Running Feet and drop (10 reps of 10 seconds of running and then drop to plank)
3) T pushup with a hip dip (25)
4) Touch and cross (50)
5) Running feet and drop (10 reps)

Set #2
1) Touch ankles and clap hands (40)
2) Side burpees (20)
3) Dolphin pushups (25)
4) Touch ankles and clap hands (40)
5) Side burpees (20)

Set #3
1) Jumps to wrist (20)
2) Cross feet (100)
3) Diamond pushups (25)
4) Jumps to wrist (20)
5) Cross feet (100)