INTENSE EXERCISE: City Fitness head personal trainer Ashlee Hirst (centre) helps Amara Douglas (left) and Karlie Wallace do some high intensity interval training.
INTENSE EXERCISE: City Fitness head personal trainer Ashlee Hirst (centre) helps Amara Douglas (left) and Karlie Wallace do some high intensity interval training. Tony Martin

Endorphin hit from high-intensity craze

HIGH Intensity Interval Training or HIIT is the latest fitness craze to hit Mackay's gyms.

HIIT includes exercises like medicine ball slams, sprints and kettle bell swings.

And while it might not sound easy, City Fitness head personal trainer Ashlee Hirst assures us it is fun, but you will be exercising so hard and fast you won't even have time to think about it.

"HIIT focuses on intense bursts of exercise with short recovery times," Ms Hirst said.

"It has gained such a great following through the gym, especially our TribeFit and one on one personal training sessions, because you don't have to think too hard about it.

"It is quick and convenient and you walk away after a session on a high because of the influx of endorphins."

Ms Hirst said people enjoyed HIIT because it was a whole body workout and results were achieved in a short time frame.

"It really is a whole body workout because of the different exercises we can do in intense bursts for a period of time," she said.

"Not only does it improve cardiovascular fitness but also improves strength, core strength and overall wellbeing."

But there is a trick to getting better results and improving week after week.

"Doing HIIT is a great way to train," Ms Hirst said. "But because you are doing exercises at high intensity people tend to fatigue quickly, so keeping control and having good technique is key to getting better."



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