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. So, it’s no surprise that many Canberra gyms and fitness boutiques have adopted this style of training.
The good news: You don’t need to be a seasoned athlete to give HIIT a go. With the support of an experienced trainer, even absolute beginners can tackle any class head on.
Why attend HIIT classes?
Whether you’re looking to lose weight, enhance muscle tone or boost overall fitness, HIIT classes can help.
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.
HIIT sessions are typically group classes, unless you’re working with a personal trainer. That means they are also a fun way to meet new people.
What to look for in a HIIT class
Joining a new gym or trying out a new type of exercise can be intimidating – especially if it’s been a while since you laced up your exercise shoes.
Here are a few things to look for when choosing an HIIT studio.
- Variety. Your HIIT studio should offer different types of HIIT classes (i.e. cardio-based, weights-based and hybrid classes) at times that are convenient for you.
- Experience. Trainers and coaches should be suitably 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 studio’s trainers proactively monitor form and technique instead of just counting down the time left on the clock. It’s easy to injure yourself if you’ve never done a deadlift before or your form starts slipping when fatigue sets in. A smaller class participant to trainer ratio is also beneficial.
- Atmosphere. Find a studio that is welcoming and inviting. The best studios know how intimidating it can be to walk through a gym’s doors for the first time. They do their best to make everyone feel welcome regardless of size, gender or ability.
- Quality equipment and facilities. While gym equipment doesn’t need to be brand new, it should be in good condition and well-maintained. For classes that require weight plates or dumbbells, each station should have a variety of weight options to cater to men and women with different strength levels.
- Size. HIIT classes don’t necessarily need huge studios. But the room should be large enough that all participants can perform their exercises safely. You don’t want to risk injuring another person because there’s not enough room to practice your kettlebell swings, or feel like you can’t do star jumps without entering someone else’s personal space.
The best HIIT training in Canberra according to you
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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 you choose, expect plenty of functional movements like lifting, squatting, jumping, twisting, pulling, pushing, punching, kicking, rowing and biking.
Elements4Life is a functional team training network that combines coaching techniques, training systems, technology and daily training protocols to grow strong communities. Each E4L studio has a total membership cap, and a per session participation cap (20 people), so you can be confident that your HIIT experience is personalised and your technique monitored.
Functional training and strength classes are at the heart of Eighty8 Fitness, a gym that prides itself on its personalised approach to fitness. With locations in Brindabella Business Park and Majura Park, Eighty8’s HIIT classes use a variety of bodyweight/cardio exercises, as well as power and functional movements to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Eighty8 caters to all levels of fitness. Exercises can be modified and scaled to suit where you’re at right now, so you don’t need previous gym experience to get started.
Functional Fitness Australia, or FUNC, is dedicated to improving your ability to move efficiently and develop strength, body awareness, midline 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. When you train at Functional Fitness Australia in Mitchell, your attention – and theirs – is on you.
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