If you’re looking to get fit fast, high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is a great way to start. Alternating between short, high-intensity work sets and brief recovery periods, HIIT can be as addictive as it is challenging.
Surveys show that HIIT is one of the top fitness trends globally. Interval training can burn more calories and fat in a shorter time than traditional exercise. It also improves cardiovascular activity and endurance. And because most trainers and gyms keep things interesting by changing up the exercises from class to class, boredom is less of an issue.
You don’t need to be a seasoned athlete to give HIIT a go. With the support of an experienced trainer, even beginners can tackle classes head on. So whether you’re looking to lose weight, strengthen muscle tone or boost overall fitness, HIIT classes can help. Group HIIT classes are also a fun way to meet new people.
What makes a great HIIT class?
Joining a new HIIT class can be intimidating, especially if it’s been a while since you laced up your exercise shoes.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a new HIIT studio.
- Variety, time and atmosphere. Your HIIT studio should offer different types of HIIT classes. Various types include cardio-based, weights-based and hybrid classes. They should also offer them at times that are convenient for you. Also choose a HIIT studio that’s welcoming, inviting and motivating, not intimidating.
- Experience. HIIT trainers and coaches should be qualified and experienced. They should know when to push you, when to suggest adding extra weight, and how to support you to get the best results.
- Proactive trainers. Check that the HIIT trainers proactively monitor form and technique instead of just counting down the time left on the clock. You don’t want to get injured during your HIIT class.
- Quality equipment and facilities. While gym equipment doesn’t need to be brand new, it should be in good condition and well-maintained. A variety of equipment is essential for different strength levels.
- Size. HIIT classes don’t necessarily need huge studios, but they need to be large enough for all participants to perform their exercises safely. You don’t want to risk injuring another person or being injured yourself, just because there’s not enough room to move.
The best HIIT classes in Canberra
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To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
The Den Canberra, operating since January 2016, offers sessions that cater for the professional athlete though to those just starting out. They pride themselves on meticulous session development with an emphasis on challenge, benefit and enjoyment. The Den is owner operated by experienced and professional coaches that care about their members’ progress and work to get the best out of everyone.
Of their many classes available, the flagship tabata session 20/10 is based on the principles of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The workout comprises of a series of 20 seconds maximum effort workout followed by 10 seconds rest, repeated in sets of 8. The zero impact session reaps all the benefits of strength and conditioning exercise in the safest possible environment.
The Den offers several membership options with no lock in contracts or joining fee. Test the sessions with a free three day trial.
As Carolyn Stewart writes in their Google review, “They have the best classes and you work to your fitness level. Whether your already super fit or just starting out on your fitness journey, I highly recommend giving The Den a go. And to top it all off the coaches are amazing!!”
Elements4Life, affectionately known as E4L, is a market leader in delivering functional training programs in Canberra covering all four elements of training – high intensity, strength, mobility and recovery, and core and midline. E4L specialises in High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which has many benefits, including burning a lot of calories in a short time, helping you lose fat and increasing your metabolic rate.
Other training specialisations include High-Volume Interval Training (HVIT), Variable-Intensity Interval Training (VIIT), strength cycles, personal training and semi-private training.
E4L is about better experiences, teamwork and community vibe, as well as driving better results using science backed programming and well-structured workouts.
In Canberra, E4L leads the way in trademarked modular functional training systems and multi-experience services – Smart™ Experiences and Elements4Life for Harrison gym members and (soon) multiple Smart™ training experiences for Belconnen members.
Each unique E4L Smart™ training experience is built on scientific principles catering for multiple training styles, personal space compliancy and personal preferences. Multiple training experiences are offered. All Smart™ experiences have a cap on space so everyone has room to move when training.
E4L’s coaches are highly trained and experienced, each with a Certificate IV in Fitness, at a minimum, and a Master Functional Trainer certification.
The motivating and enthusiastic E4L team are market leaders in fitness experiences, compliancy, hygiene, innovation and facilitation. Their approach that’s smarter by definition and better in execution.
As satisfied member Francesca Hardwicke wrote on Google, “Great gym! I absolutely love this place and all the amazing people that are a part of it. I could not recommend training here enough and if I could give more than 5 stars I would.”
Hiit republic is a boutique functional fitness environment with a full gym, open 24/7, at an affordable price.
Hiit republic classes provide a full-body workout to help improve energy levels, strength, endurance and to make members feel the best they can be. Each session is designed by experienced coaches, ensuring that no two workouts are ever the same. The average class is 45 minutes with 60 minute sessions on Saturdays.
Importantly, hiit republic is an ego-free environment. All members are there for the same reasons, and trainers encourage everyone to give the workouts a go, stepping outside their comfort zones.
hiit republic studios are conveniently located in Mitchell, Queanbeyan, Kingston and Tuggeranong. Braddon, Campbell and Erindale.
Unlike other high-intensity gyms, hiit republic studios are open 24/7. Attend one of many scheduled classes, or train using state-of-the-art strength and conditioning equipment when it suits. Don’t be restricted by timetables!
Hiit republic is owned by Viva Leisure, the same company that owns Club Lime. A wide range of membership options are available that includes a hiit republic and Club Lime membership at an affordable price.
Member Haley Pitman wrote on Facebook, “The workouts at HIIT Republic are intense and challenging, but so much fun!”
Functional Fitness Australia, or FUNC, is dedicated to improving the ability to move efficiently and develop strength, body awareness, mid-line strength and fitness through the use of real-world body movements. Catering to people of all fitness abilities, it offers a variety of small group sessions, including HIIT, led by a team of experienced coaches.
Forget weights machines, cables, TVs or mirrors. At Functional Fitness Australia in Mitchell, trainers are focused entirely on clients.
As Phil Klitscher says on Google, “More than just sweat! Holistic fitness that focuses on technique and mindset. A welcoming community of fitness professionals passionate about you and your development … One of the few gyms a first timer can working out next to an athlete and everyone feels equal. Yeah seriously!”
F45 Training is the world’s fastest growing functional training network, with nine studios in Canberra – and more on the way.
Every studio around the world offers the same 45-minute HIIT class every day, at different times throughout the day. The classes range from fast-paced cardio to less intense strength-based workouts, and combinations of the two. No matter which type of class, expect plenty of functional movements like lifting, squatting, jumping, twisting, pulling, pushing, punching, kicking, rowing and biking.
Satisfied member Bagas Dowling wrote about F45 Training in Barton on Google, “I came for a 2-week trial as I was still in the process of moving from interstate. The team was very friendly, welcoming, and motivating! Cannot recommend them enough!! 👍👍👍”
If you’re looking for other places to get fit, check out our article on the best gyms in Canberra. Or, if you’re looking to try something different, check out our articles on the best martial arts schools and the best Zumba classes in Canberra.
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