HIIT: Boost endurance with bursts of intensity

Get lasting results with this go-at-your-own-pace interval training class.

A class called HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) might sound “intense,” but Jennifer Proper, Group Exercise Instructor at the Shoreview Y says it’s easy to pick up.

“We do reps of exercises, such as jumping jacks and lunges,” says Jennifer. “And, although the word ‘intensity’ is in the name, you get to define what intense means to you. Truly, all ages and fitness levels are welcome.” 

How does a HIIT class work?

The class—a mix of cardio and strength training—alternates between timed intervals of intense exercise and lower intensity recovery activities, such as walking or core exercises. During the intense work, each participant can choose how many reps to do or whether to modify the exercise.

According to Jennifer, this format makes it easy for her to help each participant get the most out of the workout.

“Because there is no complex choreography to lead, I can meet each member where they are. For example, if someone is having a hard time doing push-ups on their toes, I can suggest they try it from their knees.”

A short class, with lasting benefits

Although HIIT classes are typically only 30 minutes, the benefits of the class can last for days. The short, intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism, and improved fat burning.

Jennifer says, “As you go through the workout, you deplete the stored oxygen reserves in your body. As a result, after you finish the workout, your body continues to burn calories at a higher metabolic rate as it replenishes stored oxygen levels. This is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption or EPOC.” She says this “afterburn” can last for up to 48 hours after you leave class.

In fact, studies show that 30-minute HIIT classes just 3 times a week achieve the same results of 60-minute steady-state running sessions 5 times a week.

Join A HIIT Class

HIIT is a Group Exercise class, which means it’s free for Y members. If you're looking to join a HIIT class, drop in to give it a try at any time—no registration required.