How Many Times Per Week Can You Do HIIT Training?
There is no mistaking the fact that high intensity interval training (aka HIIT) is one of the best ways to burn fat and build up your cardiovascular endurance. But, how many times per week can you complete a HIIT workout? How should you implement it into your current workout routine?
The one mistake most people make is they try to do too much too soon. They will go from doing almost no cardio training to doing three or four HIIT sessions a week. They don’t keep this up for very long, and end up quitting.
HIIT is very hard on your body, and if you do too much of it, you will definitely feel it and it will negatively effect other parts of your workout.
It is a better idea to start off with one or two HIIT workouts per week. Most people say that if you can do more than that, you are not working hard enough in the sessions you are doing.
The goal of HIIT is to give 110% effort for a short period of time and then stop. When you are done a HIIT workout, you should hardly be able to walk. If you still feel great and can continue with more cardio, you aren’t going at it intense enough. Of course, take caution to this statement. You should have your health totally checked out by your physician before thinking of doing high intensity training, and if you are a go then you should definitely work up your cardio at least 3 times a week for 2-3 months before attempting to do HIIT.
High intensity interval training is one of the hardest kinds of workouts you can do. Because of this, you can’t do it every day. Not only will you get very tired very quickly, you won’t have time to adequately recover your muscles and make the progress you want to. If you are going to integrate interval training into your workout regime, try and do it once or twice per week at full intensity. Any more and you are doing more damage than good!