HIT me. HIT ME REAL GOOD!
No, really, HIT me real good. I love HIT, or high intensity training. Grammatically speaking, you can’t actually high intensity training me, but for the sake of this blog, we’ll roll with it.
I’m sure many of you have heard of HIT. I’m also sure there’s probably many of you who haven’t. And then there are some of you who are saying, “I know HIIT, not HIT.” I’m glad you mentioned that.
HIIT is high intensity interval training. HIIT and HIT, pretty similar, right? They are, in fact. But, there are some differences!
HIT started from the man , Arthur Jones, who created the ever so popular Nautilus machines many of us are familiar with at the gym. The idea behind HIT is to perform a movement until failure of the targeted muscle area in a specific amount of time.
HIIT involves intervals. So, you perform a movement at high intensity for an amount of time, rest, and then repeat. The main point in HIIT is to perform as many reps as possible in the given time. A popular HIIT exercise is a tabata format, which is something I’ll go into more detail later!
HIT and HIIT are extremely similar. Yet, is one better than the other? Before answering that, let’s point something out. These definitions are not concrete. Don’t think that they’re not correct at all, but know that gray areas exist in regards to the exact definitions.
In fact, some say that the only difference between HIT and HIIT is rest period. Media and other fitness individuals interchange HIT and HIIT without blinking, treating it as one thing. I tried my best to find sources to give meaning to the interchanging of the two. I didn’t have much luck. I think the main difference is the intervals, meaning you have rest in between sets.
One key thing needs said about HIT and HIIT. They work. The reason? High intensity. I couldn’t find a source that talked just on high intensity without referring to HIIT. However, the main point is intensity. This is what is going to get the results you want.
CrossFit teaches its trainers that intensity “is the independent variable most commonly associated with maximizing favorable adaptation to exercise.” In other words, to get your body to change and see results, you need to focus on intensity.
High intensity will obviously get you the results you’re looking for, which makes sense seeing how beneficial high intensity training is. So forget the myths that you need to spend all that time on the treadmill to get the results you want. Make your workouts short, but intense, meaning tough.
Get tough and get ENERGIZED!