Caloric Expenditure During HIIT Greater Than Aerobics or Strength Training

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) can build fitness remarkably quickly. Studies of HIIT on stationary bikes found fitness gains in two weeks that normally took six months. Paul Falcone from MusclePharm Sports Science Institute in Denver, and colleagues, found that caloric expenditure was greater during HIIT performed on a hydraulic weight machine, compared to workouts of equal duration involving either endurance training or strength training. The HIIT program involved repeated intervals on a hydraulic weight machine for 20 minutes at maximum effort, followed by 40 seconds of rest. All of the training sessions were 30 minutes in length. HIIT resistance training programs can build strength and endurance at the same time. (Journal Strength and Conditioning Research, published online January 2015)

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