If you’ve been in the fitness game for any amount of time you have undoubtedly come across some sort of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

P90X, CrossFit, Tabata, BodyPump amongst many other popular fitness trends are all variations of HIIT and they do work, until they don’t.

There are several issues I have with HIIT and reasons why this style of training stops working and I’m going to cover all of it in this email.

I’m also going to cover what you should be doing instead to ensure the results keep coming so let’s get into it.

First, what is high intensity interval training.  

If you are unfamiliar with HIIT I highly encourage you to Google more info but simply put, HIIT is a time period of going extremely hard on an exercise followed by a short rest or low intensity exercise.

These protocols can be prescribed in many different ways such as Tabata’s famous 20/10/4 – Go hard for 20 seconds, rest for 10 and repeat for 4 rounds.

You also have CrossFit’s complete the workout as fast as possible such as the Fran WOD.  Complete 21 thrusters and 21 pull-ups, then 15 thrusters and 15 pull-ups, then 9 thrusters and 9 pull-ups, as fast as possible.  Quickest time wins.

Or you could come up with your own HIIT using something as simple as the treadmill.  Sprint as fast as you can for 20 seconds, slow down and walk for 60 seconds and repeat for x amount of rounds.

I’m not even going to pretend that these methods don’t work.  They in fact do and I have personally incorporated these tactics into my own programming at Mayhem Fitness.

These methods have long been the “secret sauce,” of producing fast results in body transformations. Continue reading The Problem With High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

If you’re not including mobilization drills such as yoga into every workout, you’re setting yourself up for some pain down the road. 😣

Each workout for me includes a 5-10 minute warmup that implements these yoga poses.

🙏Cobra (Updog)
🙏Downdog
🙏Cat / Cow
🙏Bird Dogs
🙏Low Lunge w/ Reach
🙏Spinal Twist
🙏Bottom Squat Ankle Rock

You should see the looks I get when I perform this routine at the Strongman Competitions I compete in. *shrugs*

I’d much rather spend a little extra time each day working my flow than being out of the gym for weeks or months at a time because of some stupid injury that could of been easily prevented.

OH!  Yoga is a great way to reclaim your strength and fitness if you’ve been out of the game for a while.  The best part is, it can be done anywhere at anytime so no excuses!

Here are a few demonstration videos from exercises listed above

Cobra / Downdog

Cat / Cow

Low Lunge w/ Reach

Spinal Twist

Supported Squat

Incorporate these into your workouts today and start moving and feeling much better.

Keep Pounding 👊

Murph