If you want to send your heart rate sky-high, test your fitness and get hooked on the magic of high-intensity interval training, now’s your chance. Less than five minutes is all it takes.
The fastest way to get your HIIT fix
Thanks to new research, we now know optimal HIIT results come from doing no more than 30 to 40 minutes a week. While many break this weekly prescription into two workouts, it’s not the only option. According to global HIIT expert Martin Gibala, Ph.D., extremely short HIIT sessions can be remarkably transformational. Keen to give one a go?
These short but effective Tabata-style HIIT workouts involve 20 seconds of all-out effort followed by 10 seconds of recovery. You repeat this three times and then you’re done. It’s short, so you really need to push yourself—we’re talking all-out, seeing stars effort. “There is no free lunch. So if you’re wanting the benefits of short-burst exercise, you need to go hard,” Gibala advises.