Benefits of HIIT & STRONG by Zumba Launch
Even if you haven’t tried it, you’ve probably heard the hype about high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which alternates short bursts of vigorous exercise with brief periods of active recovery (slower pace exercises). HIIT is a great workout that allows you to burn more calories and push your heart rate more than you would with steady-state exercise, boosting your overall aerobic capacity.
That’s why we have just launched a new HIIT class, STRONG by Zumba. STRONG by Zumba puts a unique spin on HIIT exercises by syncing the moves to music. So what sets STRONG apart from other HIIT and group exercise classes available? Well, similar to the original Zumba workouts, music is at the heart of these classes. The classes incorporate high intensity moves synced to music, so every punch, kick and squat you do has a coinciding sound, motivating you to push yourself to your limits (however unlike Zumba, STRONG is not a dance class!).
In addition to being a super fun and engaging workout, STRONG by Zumba and other HIIT also have some some great health benefits:
You’ll Burn More Fat
Not only do you burn more calories, but you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout than you do after a steady-pace workout.
You’ll Build a Healthier Heart
In a 2006 study, researchers found that after 8 weeks of doing HIIT workouts, subjects could bicycle twice as long as they could before the study, while maintaining the same pace.
There’s No Equipment Necessary
You will burn calories while toning your arms, legs, abs and glutes with plyometric or explosive moves interchanged with isometric moves like lunges, squats with no equipment necessary!
You Lose Weight, Not Muscle
While steady state cardio seems to encourage muscle loss, studies show that both weight training and HIIT workouts allow you to preserve hard-earned muscles while ensuring most of the weight loss comes from fat stores. Win and win!
You’ll Increase Your Metabolism
In addition to increased fat burning and more muscle preserved, HIIT stimulates production of your human growth hormone (HGH) during the 24 hours after you finish your workout. This is great news since HGH is not only responsible for increased caloric burn but also slows down the aging process, making you younger both inside and out!