You have probably heard of H.I.T. and H.I.I.T. training. At first glance, they appear to be the same, however, they are much different. They are both great at helping you to lose fat fast, and get into better shape. But, what are the differences, and which one is right for you?
H.I.I.T. stands for high intensity interval training. It is exactly as the name implies. You perform high intensity intervals followed by a short rest period. H.I.I.T. is a form of cardio, even though the work intervals must be anaerobic instead of aerobic. Examples of anaerobic intervals are sprints or fast pace rowing.
H.I.T. stands for high intensity training. Unlike H.I.I.T., H.I.T. involves resistance training, and not anerobic endurance training. H.I.T. is designed to keep your heart rate elevated which keeps your metabolism boosted. And because it involves resistance training, you can build endurance, get stronger, improve speed and power, and even stimulate hypertrophy (muscle growth).
Both H.I.T. and H.I.I.T. can help you lose more fat, faster, than standard cardio. However, H.I.T. can make you lose fat even faster than H.I.I.T. training. Muscle requires energy. The more muscle you have, the more energy your body requires just to be alive. And when you damage those muscles and they need to be repaired, you can burn fat for over 24 hours straight!
Your goals will determine which type of training is best for you. You can even combine H.I.T. and H.I.I.T. training to get the fastest results possible. Do your H.I.T. training first, and then immediately start your H.I.I.T. cardio. If time is an issue and you can’t do both, then stick with H.I.T. training. It’s one of the fastest ways to get lean. Plus, H.I.T. is great at helping to get rid of belly fat.