How to Combine HIIT with Weight Training


Everyone should want to feel healthy and to be able to live in a way that they can experience happiness and achieve their fullest potential, right? Well, great health and energy are made possible and sustained by some form of regular exercise. As former professional boxer Gene Tunney stated, “To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.” And Doctor of Medicine Kenneth H. Cooper added, “The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” There are many ways to exercise but two of the most beneficial are HIIT and weight (or strength) training. Why choose one when you can do both? Here are some tips on how to combine HIIT and weight training, resulting in the best solution of all.

What is HIIT and Why is it so Good for You?

HIIT is the abbreviation for high-intensity interval training. It is a cardiovascular workout using short periods of intense exercise. These intense workouts typically last 30 minutes or less, depending on the participant’s fitness level and fitness goals. Short sets of exercise like 45 seconds of jumping jacks, followed by a short rest are repeated a small number of times in combination with other explosive exercises in a cycle of strenuous exertion followed by a brief rest. The goal is to push yourself really hard. As fitness trainer Fred Devito pointed out, “If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you.”


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