If members are looking to cut fat fast, interval training might be the answer. High intensity interval training, or HIIT, pushes your body to the limit allowing for you to reach peak heart rate during exercise. A typical routine consists of maximum exertion for 30 seconds and then resting for 1 minute, repeated 10 times for a 15-minute fat-burning workout.
Here’s why your health club needs to offer HIIT to members:
Lose Body Fat Faster
East Tennessee State University conducted a study with subjects that followed an 8-week HIIT program vs. runners who maintained a regular steady-state cardio program. Those who participated in the HIIT program saw a 2% drop in body fat compared to a 0% change in those who didn’t participate.
Boost Your Metabolism
Baylor College of Medicine tested the effects on the body following a HIIT workout. Those who performed a HIIT workout on a stationary cycle burned significantly more calories during the 24 hours after the workout than those who cycled at a steady pace. HIIT promotes the metabolic efficiency in muscle cells that promote fat burning and hinder fat production.
Use Fat For FuelA study by the American Journal of Physiology reported that 6 weeks of HIIT increased the prevalence of proteins in muscle fibers that carry fat into the mitochondria, causing your body to burn more fat for fuel by up to 50%. When you body has more of these proteins, it burns more fat both during workouts and while resting.
Your gym can offer HIIT classes to members utilizing treadmills, functional training areas or outside for a boot camp. The short, but intense nature of HIIT makes it a perfect program for those on a time crunch, and you’ll be able to provide members accelerated results through an engaging and quick group exercise class.
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