Working out at 5 AM is hard. No gettin’ around it, it sucks. Ok, I take that back. The workout itself never sucks. The hardest part is when the alarm goes off and during the 10-minute pep talk during which I mentally kick my own ass. Once I’m up, things are fine. Getting started at the gym, however, can be a challenge. It’d be easy to just hop on a machine and go slow and easy, but I like to get the most out of my gym time. If I’m waking up at 4:30, it better be worth it!
We all know about the benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Not only is it great for your metabolism, overall fitness levels, and burning calories, but it’s also a great way to curb boredom at the gym. You can read all about the benefits here. My biggest problem is that I’m usually still half-asleep when I start my workout, so jumping right in is pretty difficult.
I’ve been playing around on the treadmill lately and came up with my own version of a treadmill run that builds up to the HIIT part. This workout is meant to be done on a treadmill, but you could adapt it for an outdoors run.
I’ve done this a few times now and I’m always super sweaty afterwards! You can play around with the speeds to your liking, but I think it’s a great workout as-is. If you want to incorporate rest times into the workout, you can use the last minute of each segment to walk on an incline.
For the sprint/rest section, I start at 9.0 and do 20 seconds of sprinting, then hop off to the sides of the treadmill for 10 seconds. I increase the speed by .5 until I’m at 11.0.
That’s all I got for today, so now I’m off to get ready for work. Have a good one!
What’s your favorite form of HIIT?