High-intensity interval training is a gem as far as cardio workouts are concerned. This research supported method of losing weight and improving endurance is saving many Americans time. In addition, high-intensity interval training is improving the cardiovascular health and burning fat of the world one workout at a time.
If you are unfamiliar with high-intensity interval cardio workouts, high-intensity interval training involves giving MAXIMUM effort for a given number of seconds followed by a certain amount of time of rest. The key with all high-intensity interval cardio workouts is that it must be an all-out effort. If not, the workout is no good.
An all-out effort can be difficult, but it is the fair trade off to being able to perform a cardio workout in only 8 minutes instead of 45 or more. In fact, the trade-off is in your favor because you will get better benefit in in a few short 8-minute high-intensity cardio workout than you will in many longer workouts.
It’s not a gimmick. It’s what really works.
20:20 High-Intensity Interval Training Cardio Workout
- Choose your type of cardio workout. Sprinting either with running or cycling is optimal. But you can do exercises like mountain climbers, burpees or squat jumps.
- Perform the exercise at maximum intensity for 20 seconds.
- Rest for 20 seconds.
- Perform for a total of 8 minutes.
As always, drink throughout your entire workout. Stop or slow your pace if you begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded. Eat as soon as you can after your workout to help your body rebuild.