H.I.I.T. -- Warm up and Cool Down

  • tbone25

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    Mar 21, 2010 7:16 PM GMT
    I've been working out, lifting and cardio for some time now. While weight isn't my only indicator of success, I have been happy to lose over 20 lbs since I started... with the muscle gain, I think that is good. I would still like to lose a bit more. I've read on here and have seen on TV too the benefits of H.I.I.T. I have been trying to do H.I.I.T. that for the last month or so. Finally to a point where I can really get the heart rate up to the high end (90% or so) and am tired but exhilarated after the work out.

    Curious, though, if mixing traditional cardio, a good pace Heart Rate around 85% maintained for a while is okay? I don't have it in me to do H.I.I.T. every day -- right now... I also like to cycle and now that the weather is getting nicer, I hope to hit the road. The path I take might not be conducive to H.I.I.T.

    Also, I've been doing a short warm-up and then a 5 minute or so cool down after the H.I.I.T. (which I do for about 30 minutes).... Is the cool down counterproductive? I read somewhere that H.I.I.T. makes your body burn calories all day at a greater rate. Am I deactivating the H.I.I.T when I do a cool down that is a more traditional type of cardio?

    Have lost about 3 inches around my waist and working towards at least 3 more...just want to maximize my workouts...any help would be appreciated.
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    Mar 21, 2010 9:44 PM GMT
    tbone25 saidCurious, though, if mixing traditional cardio, a good pace Heart Rate around 85% maintained for a while is okay? I don't have it in me to do H.I.I.T. every day -- right now... I also like to cycle and now that the weather is getting nicer, I hope to hit the road. The path I take might not be conducive to H.I.I.T.

    It won´t hurt your HIIT. If you enjoy it, do it. It won´t necessarily help you gain size.

    Also, I've been doing a short warm-up and then a 5 minute or so cool down after the H.I.I.T. (which I do for about 30 minutes).... Is the cool down counterproductive? I read somewhere that H.I.I.T. makes your body burn calories all day at a greater rate. Am I deactivating the H.I.I.T when I do a cool down that is a more traditional type of cardio?

    No, you need the cool down. It doesn´t harm at all. Also, you can do shorter HIIT.. 3o mins is the MAX, 20 or even 15 is fine (and might mean that you can do it more frequently).
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    Well done, keep going.