5 Safety Considerations for HIIT Workouts

HIIT training, or high intensity interval training, is a calorie torching workout that blends timed cardio intervals with timed resistance intervals.  This style of workout burns the more calories than traditional cardio classes and provides a full body workout. HIIT workouts one of the most popular group fitness instructor courses and continue to be in high demand and health clubs across the nation. Here are 5 safety considerations for high intensity interval training workouts:

  1. Know your threshold and build from that.  Everyone has their own fitness threshold – the maximum amount of output they are able to perform.  HIIT training can be intense and heart rates can increase rapidly.  Knowing your own threshold allows you to know when you need to take it down a notch or take a break during training.  Not everyone will be at the same fitness level in the class and there is no competition between client to keep up.  If you have any medical needs, be sure to let the instructor know so that modifications can be made for you.
  2. Know your facts about fitness and nutrition. More is not always better.  Trainers that teach high intensity interval training are taught to push their clients to get them to perform outside of their comfort zone.  This style prevents burnout and plateaus in fitness; however, this style is not for everyone.  If you have heart conditions or any other medical condition that prevents you from full exertion from fitness, be sure to let your instructor know so they know not to push you in a way that may be harmful to your health.
  3. Stay hydrated.  The intervals move quickly in a HIIT exercise class and it may be difficult to remember to stay hydrated.  If you wait until you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.  Keep a water bottle near you so you can take a sip of water between intervals to prevent dehydration and muscle cramps that are induced by dehydration.
  4. Be mindful of injuries if you are injury prone.  HIIT training can engage new muscles that you may not have used in previous fitness classes.  For example, if you have shoulder tendonitis, be sure to let your instructor know and ask for specific exercises for should tendonitis that you can do instead. 
  5. Wear the right shoes and clothing.  Clothing should be snug against the body so that you have the greatest mobility without tripping on loose clothing when performing exercises such as mountain climbers, burpees, or bear crawls. Shoes should be cross trainers would good support that allow full range of motion in the ankles.  A fitness affiliate can help you select the proper gear If you are new to high intensity interval training classes.
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