HIIT Training vs. Weight Training

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Congratulations on taking the first step towards living a healthier life and choosing to start working out! Next step, deciding which workout is right for you and your goals. Unfortunately, your simple Google searches may not suffice, as every body is different and it’s pretty much impossible for one program to work for everyone. That’s why today, we’ve taken the two most popular styles of training and broken them down in order to help you decide!

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HIIT Training

High intensity interval training - or HIIT - involves fast movements such as cardio exercises in high reps to raise an individual’s heart rate, with the goal of building muscle while also reducing body fat.

The focus of these workouts is on the high reps, avoiding long rest times in between sets by doing things like cycling or jogging. Due to the high intensity, it’s recommended that this style of training be limited to 2 or 3 times per week.

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Weight Training

Weight training puts an emphasis on large muscles with a low body fat percentage, achieved by heavy weight workouts.

There’s two main styles of weight training - higher reps and lighter weight, or lower reps and heavier weight. Along with this style of training, it’s also important to keep an eye on proteins and calorie intake. As you’re training your muscles - especially if you prefer to lift heavier weights at a lower rep count - your muscles are slowly breaking down and being torn apart and proteins and a healthy diet are important for the reparation process.

Which is better?

Well, it depends on you and your goals! If your main goal is to build muscle, improve strength and lost minimal weight, then weight training is most likely going to help you achieve results quicker. However, if your main goal is to improve your cardio, lose a larger portion of body fat and you are not too concerned with building muscle rapidly, then HIIT workouts are most likely better for you.

Regardless of which style you choose, remember your main goal should be to be comfortable in your own skin! If you find you may need a mix of both styles, feel free to combine them for a customized program! Now, let’s get training!