If you’ve been following my blog since it started, you’ll know that I am a yoga practitioner, a yogini if you will but because of a friend, I was able to try HIIT as well and here are my thoughts.
High intensity interval training (HIIT)
HIIT is a cardio session arranged as short bursts of very hard work. The whole point of high-intensity training is to kick up the intensity of your cardio. In order to qualify as true HIIT, you’ll need to push yourself to the max during every set. Rests are important in HIIT.
Exerpt from self.com
HOW IT WENT
So my friend, Jeremy, does hiit all the time and he brought me to his home gym.
The session started with stretches and warm up which my friend helped me with. The coach only went in when it was the actual workout.
The coach explained the sets that were prepared that day and explained the form and all before all the exercises started. Once everything was clear, he set the time (25 minutes) then everyone was set on their own to finish the set of exercises.
Boy oh boy, this was probably the most number of jumping jacks that I did my whole life.
Exercises consisted of 100 jumping jacks or single unders in intervals of 10 20 30 40 50 dead lifts.
After 25 minutes, a few minutes rest to hydrate and wipe up. Cool down and stretches were done.
HOW IT FELT
It was okay right after. I felt hungry and a little more energetic than usual but is still very tired. The next day was fine as well. I was able to go to work happy and finished my day just as I would any other day.
The 2nd day after though was a different story. I had back pains and my legs were a bit sore. This lasted for about 3 days, not to mention the fact that I only did half of the set.
Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
In this part we will focus on asana practice.
HOW IT WENT
Practices vary on how it starts depending on the teacher. Some practices start with encantations in sanskrit honoring the teachers. Most practices allow you to set an intention for your practice that day.
Teachers adjust the students when poses are not in good form.
Movements are related to one another, preparing you from one pose to another until you achieve your intention or peak pose.
Every movement is synchronised with the breath.
Practice ends in a resting pose (chavasana) followed by cleansing breathes and greeting each other after the practice.
HOW IT FEELS
Yoga relaxes and calms me after the session. There are also times when sessions would have the pick me up vibe to it depending on the class attended. My muscle pains and tension gradually decreased when I practiced more.
Personally, I would pick yoga over HIIT because of the gentleness of it. It also has other benefits in terms of mental and spiritual health.
However, I can see why people would like HIIT as a form of physical exercise. I can see that this would help you lose weight fast and the feeling of finishing the sets is quite fulfilling. It probably just needs some getting used to for me. It would probably be best to alternate these types of physical activities just to balance things out. 🙂 It really depends on your personality.
How about you, which one will you pick?