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Benefits of HIIT


Anyone who's taken a High Intensity Interval Training class can tell you why we call it "HIIT". After your first session, many feel like they've been "HIIT" by a bus! The benefits, however, are undeniable.

HIIT training has been shown to improve:

  • aerobic and anaerobic fitness
  • blood pressure
  • cardiovascular health
  • insulin sensitivity (which helps muscles use glucose for fuel more readily)
  • cholesterol profiles
  • abdominal fat and body weight while
  • maintaining muscle mass

You can save on time too.  A great HIIT workout with warm up and stretch can be between 30 to 45 minutes. While completing your HIIT workout, you are benefiting from strength and cardio fitness very efficiently in succinct work to rest ratios with little rest. When a class runs well under an hour, not having enough time becomes a poor excuse to skip your workout.

HIIT workouts tend to burn more calories than traditional ones, especially after the workout. The post-exercise period called “EPOC” (which stands for excess postexercise oxygen consumption) is a 2-hour period after an exercise bout where the body is restoring itself to pre-exercise levels, and thus using more energy. Because of the vigorous contractile nature of HIIT workouts, the EPOC generally tends to be modestly greater, adding about 6% to 15% more calories to the overall workout energy expenditure.

If you want the one of the most efficient workouts on time and help you be the fittest try a HIIT workout today. You can check out our class schedule on the ORC App or wORC From Home website. Need access? Contact the ORC Reception Team or send us an email!


Nicole Crewe