hybridHIIT is live! The program is available for purchase and I am thrilled to be sharing it with you. I wanted to share a little more about my idea for the program and some tips on how to approach it if you are curious about getting started.
My idea for the program came after a few weeks of programming workout for myself. I was looking specifically to burn off some extra fat (hello, Christmas cookies!), build muscle, gain speed, and increase my strength (because 5k season was approaching and why wouldn’t I want that?). I quickly came to realize that the results I was hoping for from my workouts were becoming reality – and even more quickly than I had hoped – plus, I was having so much fun with the workouts (both developing them and in the gym) that I knew I had to share. I looked back through my training notebook and saw that, while all of the workouts were different, they followed a similar pattern. A combination of high-speed cardio & full-body strength movements into relatively short intervals. Alas, #hybridHIIT was born.
So, now that you’ve heard 10 times to Sunday that the program is available, I wanted to share with you some insight on how you can maximize your results from the program once you purchase it 😉
- Intensity is key. The word is included in the name itself (HIIT = High Intensity Interval Training) but I just want to get the point across so that you know I really mean it. Each round or set that you complete in the program should take you no longer than 3-4 minutes, at an absolute maximum, which means that you really need to up the ante. You need to give 100% of your effort 100% of the time. This program includes some mental strengthening too, if you haven’t figured that out yet!
- Stick to the plan. The program includes a 5-week calendar of workouts (and even includes rest & active rest days) so that you know exactly which workout to do on which day. It’s programmed so that you A. don’t get bored, and B. don’t face any overuse issues. Yes, you will be sore from your workouts and you’ll have to fight through it, but I promise it’s worth the (little bit of) pain.
- Modify if needed. Most of the workouts included in the program are designed for a gym-setting. One with access to a variety of dumbbells, a treadmill, stationary bicycles and a rower. If you don’t have access to all of these, you can still participate. However, in order to see the results you’re expecting, you’ll need to modify appropriately. In the program guidelines I include plenty of information on what changes you can make, and how to make them, so that you will still see the same results.
- Challenge yourself. It’s not supposed to be easy. If you’re looking for a low-key, relaxed-paced program to follow this is not it. But if you are looking to shape up, step up your athleticism, and become stronger both physically and mentally, this is a challenge well worth taking.
On that note, here is a totally unrelated arm workout that I’ve been doing on off days (and, truthfully, when I am bored at home). It’s a high-volume, low-weight burnout scheme that will help to tone your arms. I recommend adding this in 2-3 times per week if you are looking to add some shape to your arms before summer sleeveless season begins. It’s Arms, fast.
- You can add in rest between sets & reps, as needed. But be don’t be too liberal. You’re meant to physically “feel the burn” of the high-rep sets.
- Keep the weight light. Even if you are used to doing arm movements with dumbbells more than 10 times the weight recommended, this isn’t as much about strength & mass as it is about toning your arms. With as many reps as prescribed, you’ll need to keep the weight light as not to sacrifice form or require ample amounts of rest.