Full Backcover Description
HiiT stands for ‘High Intensity Interval Training’ and is hands-down o ne of the best ways for you to burn fat without causing your body to catabolize its own muscle tissue.
HiiT features three different high-intensity routines that are about 30 minutes in length, making these workouts perfect to use on days when you’re short on time.
The first ‘HiiT’ workout is 30/30 at 38 minutes, and as the title suggests, each interval is divided into 30-second high-energy plyo reps, followed by equal 30-second rests for a total of 16 tough intervals.
The second ‘HiiT’ workout is 40/20 at 29 minutes, and it includes 16 intervals. Each is divided into 40-second high-energy plyo reps, followed by 20-second rests. Three additional one-minute breaks are spread throughout the program.
The third ‘HiiT’ workout is Double Wave Pyramid at 30 minutes. In this workout, two rounds of intervals are separated by and only one-minute rest. Each round is followed by a pyramid cycle of nine intervals. The first set starts with a 20-second interval, and works up to the top of the pyramid with each interval increasing by five seconds. It then works back down the pyramid, decreasing each interval by five seconds.
Cathe Friedrich's Cardio HIIT
Beginner: Just starting out, very overweight or haven't exercised in over six months.
Intermediate: Active in sports, dance or any regular exercise (2 to 3 times per week).
Advanced: Very active in sports or consistently work out four or more times per week.
Aerobics Impact: Higher
Lower Impact: Both feet never leave the ground at the same time. This minimizes stress on your knees.
Higher Impact: Includes movements like jumps, hops and skips. Very high-impact is called plyometrics.
Mixed Impact: This alternates or combines the above styles.
Aerobics Choreography: Basic
Basic: The easiest to follow. It ranges from simple walking-style marches to sports and athletic movements.
Complex: More intricate combinations and patterns. They're ideal for people who like to dance.
Moderate: More interesting than Basic, less dancy than Complex.
Toning Emphasis: Total Body
Upper body: Arms, chest and back.
Lower Body: Legs, thighs, hips and buttocks.
Abs: Abdominals (stomach), core and sometimes lower back.
Total body: Tones all three of the above muscle groups.
Instructor: Cathe Friedrich (Instructor Profile)
Runtime: 87 min.
Street Date: 12/21/2009
Certified instructor description:
High Intensity Interval Training — three ultra-tough, no-nonsense workouts. You'll burn fat with flat-out, super-challenging cardio “blasts,” then barely catch your breath in the follow-up “rest” segments. But don't be fooled — this entire workout is intense (even Cathe struggles to breathe and talk at the same time). Each program challenges your body with a different blast/rest format: 30/30, 40/20 or rotating “pyramids.” 30/30 has 30 seconds of blasts followed by 30 seconds of rest. 40/20 is 40 seconds of cardio and 20 seconds of blasts. The pyramids program increases, then decreases, the blast/rest intervals. All the moves are pure athletic drills, not “choreographed sequences.” They range from power scissors and plyo-jacks to “power squat lunges” and “three jumps forward with a jump turn.” The first two workouts mix on and off-step aerobics, so they requires a classic step bench. ©2009.