HIIT, short for high intensity interval training, is often touted as a way to lose fat and improve your cardiovascular fitness with workouts that are short but extremely hard. How long does it take to see results with HIIT? If you want to improve your cardiovascular fitness and exercise performance, studies show that HIIT can […]
Does HIIT Build Muscle?
Compared to lifting weights, HIIT is not a particularly effective way to build muscle. But that’s not to say it builds no muscle at all. Take someone who’s unfit and out of shape, put them on a HIIT routine for several weeks, and you’ll likely see some degree of muscle growth. That’s because any stimulus […]
Tabata Weight Loss: 4 Minute Workout Myth
Not long ago, I got an e-mail from someone who wanted to use Tabata intervals for weight loss. “Does Tabata work for weight loss?” he wrote. “Everything I’ve read on the subject says you can lose fat with a 4-minute workout.” It’s an interesting question, and I’ve wondered the same thing many times. Because I’m […]
The One Minute Workout: Is 60 Seconds All You Need?
A new book out, called The One Minute Workout, claims to have found a way to get fit that is “smarter, faster and shorter.” The idea of a “one minute workout” might sound completely ridiculous. But, there is some science behind it. First off, I should point out that the title of the book is […]
HIIT and the Afterburn Effect: Myth or Fact?
The afterburn effect is certainly real in the sense that exercise (especially intense exercise, such as HIIT) can affect your metabolism for a number of hours after the workout is over. However, the size of afterburn effect, as well as the extent to which it contributes to fat loss, have been exaggerated. Here’s a closer […]
Can I Do HIIT Every Day?
“I lift weights for two hours and do 30 minutes of HIIT every day,” wrote one Muscle Evo reader. “Are there any negative issues that might result? Will I lose muscle gains by doing this?” There are indeed a few negative issues with your current training routine. Firstly, lifting weights for two hours every day […]