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What is HIIT? Does it work? Is it Stylish?

Fashion/Gift - Fitness

A lot changes as you get older. But mostly, you become a creature of habit. You get comfortable doing the same things because you've had good results from them in the past. Ha! Old people are craaaaaazy! It's OK, I can say that because according to most 20-year olds I am ancient.

And frankly, I don't care how old you are but we need to put an end to this antiquated way of thinking. Let's take ME for example (it is my website afterall). I am in my 30's and my complacency usally results in one of two things: 1) tubby or 2) chubby. Last summer I had a 4-pack (abs not beer). A year later I have a no-pack. WTF!

Okay...so maybe my bewilderment isn't 100% genuine. I just came down with a case of "old-person" thinking. I got too comfortable with my barre, yoga and running routine. I needed something different to spike my results. My no-pack is no-sexy.

Enter Focus Integrated Fitness and their transformative class called PT6. It was exactly what I needed to introduce some change into my routine. I'm telling you, even the most active and physically fit people in the world plateau and normalize. We all (as in you, me and top athletes) have to continously sniff out new ways to exercise for transformation to be ongoing. For me, change IS COMING (I'm still on the journey), through HIIT.

So, what is HIIT? HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. It's an approach to fitness that involves alternating periods of short intense heart-raising movements with less-intense recovery periods. Essentially it's cardiovascular exercise with speed, fatigue and burn-out being part of the equation. You get to take a breath, a sip of water and towel off between intervals...so you're not exactly dying. But sometimes the intervals are so intense that you feel like you might die.

Does it work? Yes, indeed. Especially if your goal is weight-loss and muscle toning (my exact goals). As long as you do it regularly (i.e. 2x a week), HIIT workouts will get you in shape quickly and change everything about your workout routine. They'll improve your glucose metabolism and fat burning rates. You'll even notice a change in your overall energy and sleep cycle. I get more sleep because high intensity workouts knock me out by midnight. If you think that's late, welcome to my life as an insomniac.

HIIT training has no specific formula so many trainers and studios will approach it differently...but for the most part you should be out out of breath during intense intervals and exhausted by the end of your workout.

 
Oh, I should probably mention the SLED. Because it's one of the terrible tools that may be used in a HIIT class you take somewhere. It's not pretty and it makes no sense at all, but ruthless moves like sled pushing will condition nearly every part of your body. Click on the image below (here too) to watch me suffer. You will see me collapse towards the end. Ready to sign up for PT6?
 
 

Is HIIT stylish? I think it depends on where you go...but don't expect the equipment to be stylish! The sled I had to push was anything but posh. But that's the vibe of HIIT--it's sweaty, rough 'n tough and meant to raise your heart rate. You can definitely bring your own style to class though! Personally I love this jewelry line called TrainHard Designs which I'm currently wearing to bring sass 'n style to my "sled runs". It's inspired by tough workouts like HIIT but brings femininity to your look so you can strike a balance between your inner jock and fashionista.

WIN THE KETTLEBLING NECKLACE BY LEAVING A COMMENT ON THIS POST. I'll pick a winner on June 1st. One day, I'm sure, Swarovski Crystal covered sleds will saturate the marketplace. Until then, I just plan on showing up in my best fitness fashion and choosing HIIT studios by performance and instruction. 'Cause you won't find polished floors or frills at these studios--just things that thump, clink and generally hurt to move. Lol!

I'm a regular at Focus Integrated Fitness in NYC because...their classes cater to small groups of 12 people only, the studio space is clean and exceptionally organized, rotations are smooth, classes run on time and go by fast, and there are mini-monitors at every station that show you how to do each move in case you weren't paying attention to the instructor. FYI, Kate is my favorite instructor. She's also the voice you hear as I push that f*$%ing sled.

But that's not all they do! In case you're an aspiring trainer or a military veteran looking to work in fitness, Focus Integrated Fitness runs a personal training school (Focus Personal Training Institute). Their certificate program provides technical knowledge and hands-on practical skills ranging from exercise physiology and injury prevention to nutrition and business management. The school also assists graduates in securing employment. The exciting news for eligible veterans is that FPTI was just approved to accept military veterans under the GI Bill to allow up to 100% of tuition to be covered.

Have you tried HIIT? What's your take on it? Leave a comment below or share a style tip (with or without Swarovski crystals) to win the Kettlebling necklace by TrainHard Designs.

written by Bianca Jade a.k.a Mizzfit

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14 comments
Kari May 14th, 2014 4:27AM

Thanks for the note on veterans tuition assistance at Focus Integrated Fitness. I'm absolutely going to look into it!

Mizzfit May 14th, 2014 7:35PM

You're are very welcome! Are you or do you know a veteran that this would benefit? Love that I could help :)

Adina May 14th, 2014 8:04AM

I find that wearing stylish clothing while working out makes me work even harder. I love Hurley x Nike Drifit items as they're superbly comfortable and I always get compliments on them at kickboxing. It also helps that I look *somewhat* okay when getting a post-workout smoothie nearby.

P.S. No-pack or not, everyone is still sexy, including you! :)

Mizzfit May 14th, 2014 7:37PM

Adina,

You're so cute. I'm working on the no-pack everyday to turn it into a something-pack PRONTO! But I always like being honest in my writing because no one's perfect and I certainly don't want to mislead people to think that it's easy to be insanely fit all the time...even when you do try hard. I like your take on fitness-fashion. I am the same way. And yes, it helps to look cute at the smoothie bar because you never know you will grave your presence there...right?

Thanks for entering the giveaway!

--Mizzfit

Mizzfit June 5th, 2014 10:10AM

Adina! You're the winner of the Kettlebling necklace giveaway from TrainHard designs!!!! Please email me at info@mizzfit.com or through the contact page with your full name and home address so that I can send your prize pronto. Thanks for your comment and congratzz on your WIN! Can't wait to see you flash your "bling"!

xoxo,
Bianca Jade

Liz Stark May 14th, 2014 2:02PM

That sled looks INTENSE! I love HIIT-style training, and my trainer incorporates moves into our Pilates routines.

That Kettlebling necklace is cute and chic!

Mizzfit May 14th, 2014 7:39PM

Hi Liz! The necklace is super cute, right? You're now entered for the giveaway! Have you ever pushed a sled like that? It's crazy! But I enjoyed the hard work. I love that you combine Pilates and HIIT moves. Mixing things up is always the best way to go. Miss ya. Let's talk soon! xoxo, Mizzfit

Angelique aka CurlyExpat May 14th, 2014 8:37PM

Hi Mizzfit,
You are such an inspiration to me! I'm also a 30 something woman but relatively new to fitness. Since losing nearly 40 pounds since last summer, I have reached a plateau. I'm not done losing yet so HIT is right up my alley. There's a class at my gym and now I have the incentive to give it a try.

The necklaces are fashionable and unique! Just like me. :)

Mizzfit May 15th, 2014 3:08AM

Hi CurlyExpat,

I feel like we've met. And I know I follow you on instagram ;) Yeah, shit happens and plateaus are the worst...but that's what keeps life interesting I guess. Aging is tough because our bodies like to get comfortable...and where there's comfort there's NO CHANGE! What class at the gym are you going to try? Have you done HIIT before?
Also, congratzz on losing 40 pounds. Must've felt amazing! Thanks for entering my giveaway too!

xoxo,
Mizzfit

Nicole Dantzler May 29th, 2014 11:30PM

I started HIIT about a month ago and I think that it's improved my strength and gives me no excuse not to workout when I can't make it to the gym!

darbylohrding@gmail.com May 30th, 2014 4:07AM

A while ago, I remember Tony Horten introducing high intensity interval training, yet I didn't understand how it helped your work-out. Now that I have read your article, I totally understand and see the benefit! You have inspired me to check with the gym's in my area to see if any of them offer their version of "HIT". Thanks so much! I think this explains the frustration I am having with my arms!! I am also hoping that your Quarterly box helps my frustrating arms!!! ; )

Mizzfit June 12th, 2014 4:35AM

Hi there! So unfortunately Adina did not claim her Kettlebling prize :( but fortunately for you I had to pick a new winner! And that's YOU! Can you please contact me by way of my contact page here on my site and send me your full name and address so I can send you your new Kettlebling prize? Thanks so much and congratzz!

xoxo,
Mizzfit/Bianca Jade

Sarah May 31st, 2014 4:06PM

That necklace is so cute. I recently bought a kettlebell
but I only know a couple of moves so far to do with it.. I need to do research!!
I did one of my very first HIIT workouts yesterday. I was super tired and was about to forgo working out altogether and let it be a rest day but I just felt guilty, so I figured let's try to do something quick and intense. :) I look forward to experimenting with more HIIT and kettlebell workouts!
Love your site :)

andra June 2nd, 2014 4:52AM

I love kettlebells!!!

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