Is Your HIIT Too Easy?

High-Intensity Interval Training should be INTENSE cardio training, hence the name. If you are doing it on a machine that likely hinders your maximum output, you should think about changing up the type of HIIT you are doing. During the maximum output phase of your intervals, you should be exerting all of your energy into it to receive the highest level of results. Oftentimes, HIIT is taken too easily which will potentially hinder the results most are hoping for. If you give a half assed effort, then you should be ready to receive half assed results. 

It is important that high-intensity exercises, are not performed at moderate intensity. The machine you are using should not effect your output. One way to know if you’re working hard enough is your ability to maintain a conversation. 

Here are a few of my favourite HIIT exercises to receive maximum results:

  1. Rowing Machine
  2. Battle Ropes
  3. Bike
  4. 100m sprints
  5. Sleds

Here are a few of the machine that I find won’t be nearly as effective:

  1. Stair master
  2. Elliptical
  3. Treadmill

For your high-intensity interval it should be no longer than 20-30 seconds. You should be reaching maximum potential and notice a shortness in breath!

Try this out for yourself! Complete your intervals and rate how you feel after each one. If you can hold a conversation afterwards, chances are you are not exerting yourself enough to see maximal results.

-Kyle Grondin

Colossus Fitness Founder and coach “Don’t Compete. Dominate.”