How Can HIIT Training Benefit Me?

Hello fitness friends! I’m sure many of you keep wondering what this trendy exercise term “HIIT” means and what does it have to do with Performance TEAM30 classes? Well, get excited, because today I’m here to let you in on the benefits of TEAM30 and HIIT.

So what exactly is HIIT?
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training which means repeated short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with short periods of rest. The key in that sentence is ANAEROBIC. While you are in your Anaerobic zone, you are at 80-90% of your maximum heart rate. That means you are unable to speak full sentences and pretty much are gasping and barely spitting out each word. So for a social butterfly like myself, this stinks because we all know part of the fun of the gym is being social! I kid of course!

But seriously, getting your heartrate up into that Anaerobic Zone over and over and in a short period of time with little rest is seriously good for you even if it hurts at the time. Here are some of the many benefits to HITT workouts:

  1. You burn 6-15% MORE calories after your workout is done! WAH???!! Your post-exercise period is called EPOC (Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption) for anyone that wants to spit that out in every day conversation. EPOC is the time period after your workout is done that your body takes to recover. Your body uses more energy and oxygen to recover after a HIIT workout thus burning more calories. Awesome!
  2. It can boost your endurance/V02 Max – which carries over to all workouts. In HIIT you are constantly pushing your body’s Anaerobic Threshold up which improves blood pressure and leads to higher counts of mitochondria (which fuel your body and brain). So the next time you work out, your body remembers and is able to recover more quickly and keep pushing just a little harder.
  3. It’s great for your heart! HIIT increases the flexibility and elasticity of arteries and veins better then steady state cardio. Your blood vessels and veins are getting a workout while your lungs and muscles are. Bonus!
  4. You will cut your workouts in half. HIIT workouts are crazy efficient and studies have shown you can get the same if not GREATER results in half the time of steady state lower intensity workouts. More time for socializing, am I right???

TEAM30 Programs

So how does HIIT relate to TEAM30 programs at Perforamnce? Well, TEAM30 IS HIIT!!  All of our TEAM30 classes base themselves off of the principles of HIIT. We want you to feel uncomfortable, we want to challenge your bodies and we want you to get fitter and stronger faster. Our TEAM30 classes are designed to be smaller in size so each instructor can coach you more one-on-one versus a larger group class.  The classes change every week and are different every day. You will never do the same workout.

Personally, and I know I speak for all the TEAM30 instructors, I love getting to know everyone that comes to my TEAM30 classes. Getting to know their strengths and weaknesses is essential so I can push them beyond their comfort levels in order for them to achieve fitness levels and skills they never thought they could do.

So why not come visit TEAM30 and give it a try! I promise you, you’ll thank yourself for it!
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About Vanessa Duerksen

Vanessa DuerksenI became certified in Body Attack in 2008 and since then have taught many other classes such as Team 30 and Yoga as well. Outside the gym my husband and I are outdoor enthusiasts. We love running, landscaping and mountain biking (we even have our own trails in our woods). I have participated in 12, 24 and 36 hr Adventure Races in the past and look forward to other challenges in the future!

Tom P

Since joining Performance, I have made huge gains. The process of recovering from knee surgery has been much easier because of the expertise of the Performance staff in helping me get back to full strength. I would recommend this gym to anyone.*

About Vanessa Duerksen

Vanessa DuerksenI became certified in Body Attack in 2008 and since then have taught many other classes such as Team 30 and Yoga as well. Outside the gym my husband and I are outdoor enthusiasts. We love running, landscaping and mountain biking (we even have our own trails in our woods). I have participated in 12, 24 and 36 hr Adventure Races in the past and look forward to other challenges in the future!

Kim C

Performance Fitness Member

“I joined Performance and it has changed my life. Gone are the days when I dreaded trying on clothes at the store, Thanks to Performance, I feel like a super fit mom.”*

About Vanessa Duerksen

Vanessa DuerksenI became certified in Body Attack in 2008 and since then have taught many other classes such as Team 30 and Yoga as well. Outside the gym my husband and I are outdoor enthusiasts. We love running, landscaping and mountain biking (we even have our own trails in our woods). I have participated in 12, 24 and 36 hr Adventure Races in the past and look forward to other challenges in the future!

Seth D

Performance Fitness Member

Under the guidance of trainers, I have been able to decrease my 5K time from 28 minutes to under 20 minutes in just 2 years.  I have also lost 30 pounds while increasing strength, endurance and power.*

About Vanessa Duerksen

Vanessa DuerksenI became certified in Body Attack in 2008 and since then have taught many other classes such as Team 30 and Yoga as well. Outside the gym my husband and I are outdoor enthusiasts. We love running, landscaping and mountain biking (we even have our own trails in our woods). I have participated in 12, 24 and 36 hr Adventure Races in the past and look forward to other challenges in the future!

Connie R

Training over the last few years at Performance has been the best health decision I have ever made.  Leslie, my current trainer, keeps me on track to stay fit and strong, makes our sessions interesting and challenging, and is always positive, even when I have setbacks.*

About Vanessa Duerksen

Vanessa DuerksenI became certified in Body Attack in 2008 and since then have taught many other classes such as Team 30 and Yoga as well. Outside the gym my husband and I are outdoor enthusiasts. We love running, landscaping and mountain biking (we even have our own trails in our woods). I have participated in 12, 24 and 36 hr Adventure Races in the past and look forward to other challenges in the future!

Barry C Testimonial
Barry C

Performance Fitness Member

“I am a competitive cyclist and have been in personal training at Performance for 6 years. The best part about the trainers is that they know our medical histories very well.  Leslie is great at modifying a training session specifically to each individual person’s limitations so as to avoid injury.”*

About Vanessa Duerksen

Vanessa DuerksenI became certified in Body Attack in 2008 and since then have taught many other classes such as Team 30 and Yoga as well. Outside the gym my husband and I are outdoor enthusiasts. We love running, landscaping and mountain biking (we even have our own trails in our woods). I have participated in 12, 24 and 36 hr Adventure Races in the past and look forward to other challenges in the future!

Pat S

Performance Fitness Member

“I’m retired and enjoy a full, active life. This is due, in no small part, to the time I spend at Performance. The group classes provide a great workout and lots of variety. Plus, a fun way to meet new friends!”*

About Vanessa Duerksen

Vanessa DuerksenI became certified in Body Attack in 2008 and since then have taught many other classes such as Team 30 and Yoga as well. Outside the gym my husband and I are outdoor enthusiasts. We love running, landscaping and mountain biking (we even have our own trails in our woods). I have participated in 12, 24 and 36 hr Adventure Races in the past and look forward to other challenges in the future!

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