The Five-Minute HIIT Like a Pro Workout

Posted On Feb 25, 2016 By Tom Holland

The Five-Minute HIIT Like a Pro Workout

HIIT is an acronym for High Intensity Interval Training. It's all the rage and for a very good reason: It involves shorter workouts with greater results for the time spent than your traditional steady-state cardio. In a HIIT workout you alternate between short, intense bursts of exercise followed by periods of rest. The goal is to go really hard, then go really easy - staying out of that all-too-comfortable “grey zone.” The purpose of HIIT workouts is not to take the place of steady-state cardio though, but rather to be another way in which to mix up your routine and keep you seeing results.

Here is a great bodyweight HIIT workout you can do at home in just 5 minutes:

This HIIT workout features these five exercises, each done at a high intensity for 20 seconds with 10 seconds of jogging in place in between:

  1. Skaters
  2. Jump Lunges
  3. Side-to-side Mountain Climbers
  4. Double Knee Touches
  5. Burpees

Do these exercises two times through to complete the full workout.

These workouts are perfect for when you are limited for time yet want to get in a fun, effective workout. Of course, if you have a little more time and really want to push yourself - do it twice!

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