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I lost 20 pounds recently thanks in part to fat-burning workouts. Now, 20 pounds may not be a lot for someone who’s tall, but I’m 5’2. Being short and 20 pounds overweight is noticeable and not noticeable in a good way.
(Think Snooki during her Jersey Shore partying days compared to now.) I lost weight through a combination of eating better, drinking better, and working out.
There were no expensive gimmicks, teas, waist trainers, fad diets, or pills. I also didn’t need to sign up for a gym membership. The type of exercise that I attribute a lot of my weight loss to is HIIT training. Why?
- HIIT workouts are super quick
- You can do HIIT workouts from home with no equipment which means it’s $free.99
- HIIT burns a ton of calories
- Lastly, HIIT is fun
HIIT is an acronym for high intensity interval training. It’s doing very intense movements for a period of time (usually 1 to 2 minutes) followed by a short recovery period.
You repeat this cycle for about 20 minutes. I found that this type of training helped me burn fat quicker than long cardio sessions i.e. running or elliptical-ing. If you’re ready to get your workout on, here are 10 fat-burning, calorie blasting HIIT work outs you can do right now at home.
Tip: You may not be able to finish a HIIT workout entirely the first time around. That’s okay. It was tough for me at first, too. When you master a workout move on to another. You may even want to switch up the workout you do each day.
Although some of the HIIT workouts below have similar moves, they’re in different sequences which helped me push through weight loss plateaus.
Your body gets used to a workout when you do it over and over again. Eventually, your body needs to use less energy to do the same set of moves in the same order. Less energy used means less calories burned, so keep your body guessing. Happy working out!
(Disclaimer – These are intense workouts. If you have an injury or health issue, it’s a good idea to speak with a doctor first.)
10 HIIT Workouts You Can Do Right Now
10-Minute Beginner HIIT
If you’re new to HIIT and exercising, this beginner HIIT workout is a good one to get you started. The instructor goes slowly through each new movement making it easy to grasp.
25-Minute Hyper Yoga HIIT Workout
This one really takes it up a notch. If you’re looking for a challenge, jump right on into this HIIT workout.
20-Minute Ultimate HIIT Workout for People Who Get Bored Easily
I’m obsessed with the workouts from the Fitness Blender YouTube page. This is one of three Fitness Blender workouts to make the round up. The workout below has a nice mix of lunges, jump, and squats.
20-Minute HIIT Cardio Workout
Another Fitness Bender workout switching things up with twists, jumping jacks, and leaps.
20-Minute FIRE HIIT Workout
This workout really works your whole body including arms and abs. Get ready for burpees, stand-in-place sprints, and rows. Plus, the trainer is entertaining. That’s always fun!
20-Minute Boxing HIIT
Like boxing? My favorite fitness Youtuber gives you a butt kicking workout with punches and core exercises.
20-Minute HIIT Workout for Fat Loss
“And another one.” I love Fitness Blender. This is another workout I enjoy that really gets the heart pumping.
20-Minute HIIT Workout for Fat Loss
When this girl says train insane she means it. This workout has many of the same moves from the workouts above, but is still a good one to try when you’re ready to switch up the sequence of your training.
15-Minute Hump Day HIIT Training
This one is really an at-home workout. It utilizes your couch and your body to blast calories.
20-Minute Bikini HIIT
If you want to really isolate your abs and core, this is a workout to try. The workout also includes arms and leg exercises for toning.
That’s it ya’ll.
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