High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is huge right now, and it’s easy to see why. It gets results fast, and it’s a lot of fun. We get it, and we love all the buzz–especially since we are now offering HIIT exclusively at our two new studios, Prestonwood Place and Alliance Town Center. But with the hype comes a lot of misunderstanding. Which of these HIIT myths have YOU fallen for?
MYTH: HIIT is dangerous.
REALITY: There is no evidence to suggest that HIIT is inherently dangerous, although it does include the risks present in any kind of exercise (even yoga!) if you don’t listen to your body. As long as you practice good form and take breaks or modify as needed, HIIT will only help you!
MYTH: You have to be in great shape to do HIIT.
REALITY: An exercise program that you can only do if you’re already in shape isn’t very useful, is it? Most people will not be able to do everything in a HIIT class when they first begin, but you will benefit from the class even if you take extra breaks and modify to make exercises easier. Set realistic expectations for yourself and have fun.
MYTH: HIIT will make me look too bulky.
REALITY: While HIIT will definitely strengthen your muscles, the primary visible change is fat-burning. Remember, body-builders put a lot of effort into looking the way they do–you won’t stumble upon that look by accident! Additionally, genetic limits will determine how much muscle you can ultimately build (so if you’re a woman worried about looking like a man, relax–your DNA won’t let you). We promise toned and muscular will look good on you.
MYTH: HIIT is the same thing as CrossFit.
REALITY: While programs like CrossFit and P90X utilize High Intensity Interval Training in their workouts, not all HIIT studios nor sequences are created equal! The possible combinations of exercises in a HIIT sequence is limitless, and the way they are taught (and the way the teachers are trained) matters. As an example, our HIIT sequences are carefully designed to work the entire body equally and avoid overtaxing one set of muscles. There is no “leg day” at Sunstone!
MYTH: HIIT is the only workout I need.
REALITY: Don’t misunderstand–we love HIIT, just like we love yoga, Pilates, and barre. But there are good reasons to change up your workout regularly. You need to allow your body adequate recovery time after a high intensity workout before doing it again, for example, and more complex, multi-movement exercises are safer when performed at a slower pace. What is my Ip? The body needs a wide variety of exercise styles. That’s why we offer such a wide variety of classes!
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