The Hype about HIIT

By: Dr Caitlin Davidson

Most Yogathletes are very familiar with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and are avid participants in GETnFIT and the new GETnRIP'D classes.  We love these fun, fast-paced workouts and know they make us feel great.  But here are some benefits of HIIT classes that you may not already know: 

  • It increases your capacity for exercise 

  • Better endurance & performance means you get better at all classes

  • It increases carb & fat burning

  • It’s even been found to reduce that oh-so-hard-to-lose abdominal fat

  • It increases muscle mass, but not bulk

  • You’re building strong, lean muscles that look and feel great

  • It increases cardiovascular fitness 

  • Who doesn’t want to be healthier!?!

In addition to the above, HIIT requires so much energy that after you’re done working out, your body has to keep on burning calories for the rest of the day to replenish your depleted oxygen stores (a.k.a. EPOC).  So these benefits last beyond your hour in the studio!  

Such benefits are similar to those seen with endurance training, except without the huge time commitment.  In fact, many studies have shown these improvements in as little as two weeks of HIIT training every other day.  Sounds like a perfect reason to sign up for the Yogathletix 21 Day Challenge and alternate between yoga and GETnFIT or GETnRIP'D classes every day for three weeks.  Can’t wait to see you all there!

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Dr. Caitlin Davidson, BSc (Hons), DC

Dr. Davidson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2016, while being co-president of the ICPA Pediatrics Club and teaching in a Senior’s Chair Yoga Program. In 2017 she also became a Certified Animal Chiropractor. She is a member in good standing with College of Chiropractors of Ontario. Dr. Davidson is passionate about helping your entire family live your healthiest, most balanced lives. And she loves to practice what she preaches, which is why you can catch her in all styles of classes at Yogathletix!