Combining both strength training and HIIT undoubtedly gets remarkable results. Why?
If done on its own Strength training will add muscle and give you a tighter, stronger appearing physique but it will not work the cardiovascular aspect of a well-rounded fitness program. Doing cardio, specifically HIIT, will accelerate body fat loss at a faster rate than if you were to do strength training alone.
One of the reasons for this is that HIIT training will boost your metabolism, turning your body into a calorie burning furnace. This can last up to a whole 24 hours after a HIIT workout. Regular cardio burns calories during the cardio session itself, but once the session ends, so does the calorie burn. This is why HIIT is ideal for long-term sustainability and reaching weight/ fat loss goals.
So how can you combine the two to help you reach your goals?
The key is to ensure that your strength training program includes hitting all muscle groups weekly but also has 2 HIIT workouts per every 7-day workout cycle. Some ideas you can use for HIIT workouts can include sled runs, kettlebell workouts, Med ball workouts, swings, or high-intensity bodyweight workouts.
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