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This week, we’re pushing our legs and lungs to the limit with an intense interval workout. Here’s the deal: You’ll do a series of sprints, ranging from 30 seconds to 60 seconds, followed by rest periods. The idea is to push yourself as hard as you can during the sprints, then take it easy with a walk or light jog during the recovery time. There’s just one rule: Don’t stop moving!
You’ve probably heard us and every other health outlet talk ad nauseam about the many benefits of high-intensity interval training: It burns a ton of fat and calories, it’s quick, and, if you do the workouts right, they can be done almost anywhere. But with all that chatter, you might still be left wondering, How do I actually DO a H.I.I.T. workout?
This week’s workout is going to challenge your speed, endurance and perseverance. The goal: to push yourself even when you want to stop.
There will be three interval rounds in this workout. For the first round, you’ll do 25 reps of four exercises, with a 30 sec sprint between each. In Round 2, you’ll have four pairs of two exercises, performing 15 reps each, with a 30 second sprint between each pair. The final round will be four groups of three exercises, 10 reps each, with a 30 second sprint in between.
Sound confusing? It’s easy—promise. The workout builds on itself, so once you have the basic pattern in your head, you’re golden. And remember, you can do the sprint any way you’d like: outside on a track or field, or indoors on a treadmill, bike or elliptical. If you’re headed outdoors, swap dumbbells for a resistance band.
Here’s what the workout looks like.
After this week’s workout, you’ll have earned your bragging rights. Why? Because you’re going to end up doing 100 reps of the seven challenging exercises below.
This workout can be done a few different ways. You can break it down into four rounds of 25 reps, two rounds of 50 reps, or you can try to complete all 100 reps of each exercise before moving on to the next. Whichever method you choose, work hard, take breaks when you need them, and do your best!