Will this intense HIIT workout routine burn fat and retain the amount of muscles I have?

  • WkA93

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    Jul 27, 2013 7:39 AM GMT
    My HIIT runs are about 16-20 minutes of:
    1 min. Jog
    1 min. Run (75% speed) on a hill or increased elevation
    1 min walk
    35-40 second all out spring on hill or greatly increased

    This is done 4-5 times a week (less if I'm a little sore)

    I do body weight workouts all throughout the week. Will that maintain the muscles I have while still burning away fat?
  • ryno

    Posts: 105

    Jul 27, 2013 10:22 PM GMT
    You might want to cycle your HIIT/cardio program with some lighter intensity days; either over the course of a week or several weeks. It's just a way to give your body a rest to prevent excessive breakdown of lean tissue. Although I've known people who do intense cardio training and even run marathons who still maintain a respectable amount of muscle mass. It likely could be due to good genetics, but more or less getting enough nutrients/rest.
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    Aug 03, 2013 9:19 PM GMT
    My thought would be to drop to say 3 times a week and hit the HIIT harder on each session with at least a day between for recovery. From experience the intensity drops when you do that kind of training too much, and it´s the intensity which is valuable. The other thing to think on is rotating different types of cardio: running, skipping, spinning etc so that you really keep it fresh