Workout On A Budget: High Intensity Interval Training

As a college student, I know the pain of being stereotypically poor and having one too many nights of cider and pizza. I’m not a member of a gym and I own nothing more expensive than a pair of dumbbells and a yoga mat, but I believe that anyone can workout, get fit and enjoy themselves without breaking the bank.

There are pros and cons to HIIT. The pros include huge strides in cardiovascular stamina and strength from relatively short workouts. The major con is feeling like you’re about to die.

You can do HIIT within any form of exercise (running, cycling, gym equipment, anything) by alternating 20 seconds balls-to-the-wall intensity with 40 seconds recovery for 20-30 minutes. My problem with this is that I normally talk myself out of completing the full workout (see above re: feeling like death.)

CrossFit and are great websites for simple but incredibly effective HIIT and Tabata workouts. There is also a great CrossFit App for Workouts of the Day.

As always, I’m a big advocate of Fitness Blender. Here are three of their HIIT videos, but they have a load more on their website.

Have fun feeling like you’re going to die. At least it’ll be short.


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