When you follow the same workout routine over and over again, it can be easy to fall into a slump and get bored with the exercises, which in turn will make your workouts less challenging and less effective.
Just about everyone who follows a workout routine will eventually hit a wall that makes it much more of a challenge to achieve their fitness goals. When that time comes, you’ll likely start noticing some of the common signs that indicate it’s time to change up your workout routine, and High-Intensity Training, or HIT, is one way to reignite the spark that drives you towards your goals. HIT workouts are typically no longer than 30 minutes and are designed around cardiorespiratory training techniques that switch between abrupt speed and recovery intervals that increase the overall intensity of your workout.
Ways To Know That Your HIT Workouts Are Working
In our most recent blog post we shared some of the ways to tell that your existing workout routine is not working and that it is time to change things up and try high-intensity training. In today’s post, we’re going to go a different direction and share some ways to know that you’re HIT workouts are working and that you are getting the most out of your workout.
You Are Out Of Breath
When you are doing cardio exercises, it can be difficult to hold a conversation let alone breathe properly. HIT workouts are similar to intense cardio workouts in that they should make it challenging to breathe. We’re not suggesting that you should be on the brink of passing out, but when done right, you’ll notice it is significantly harder to take a deep breath. That’s because these workouts safely push your muscles to the point of failure, which means your heart and lungs have to work much harder than usual to get oxygen to those muscles. The more your muscles are challenged during a HIT workout, the harder your lungs will have to work. So if you continue to find yourself out of breath during HIT workouts, just know its working!
Your Heart Rate Is Increasing
As mentioned above, your lungs and heart are pushed harder to get a sufficient amount of oxygen to the muscles. Therefore, when you are putting your best foot forward during a HIT workout, your heart rate should reflect your efforts. Personal trainers suggest aiming for you heart rate to be at 80 or 90 percent of your maximum heart rate, which in simpler terms means doing your workout with hard, sustainable efforts. If you want to track your heart rate, you can always invest in a smart or fitness watch with a heart rate monitor. Watch your heart rate rise as you push through your workout!
You Are Feeling The Burn
The purpose of high-intensity training is to bring out an anaerobic response. HIT workouts are meant to be short but intense, pushing the body’s muscles to the point of failure. During the workout, you’ll certainly be feeling the burn in your muscles. Once the workout is finished, you’ll more than likely experience exhaustion and muscle soreness. Typically, you’ll feel the burn more if you are new to HIT workouts — so if you’re new, take it slow. Once you’re at it for a while, you can always increase the amount of time you workout per week.
You Are Seeing Results
Of course, the best way to know your HIT workouts are working is actually seeing the results. High-intensity workouts take the momentum factor out of exercise, which means your muscles have to work harder than they would in a traditional workout because there is no momentum available to give your body a boost.
Improve Your Workout Routine. Try HIT Training At QuickHit Fitness Labs
If you feel like your workout routine is not as effective as you would like, change things up by signing up for a free HIT session. When you work out at QuickHit Fitness Labs, you’ll be able to experience all the signs discussed above that indicate your workout is working. Our workouts work your muscles safely to the point of failure, which helps you ach