High-intensity interval training has become extremely popular. Because it means you are not confined to the gym with its equipment, HIIT workouts are making their way into the homes and fitness routines of people of all athletic levels.
Not asking for much of your time, high-intensity exercises are a good way to lose weight, strengthen your body and improve your general well-being.
If you’re looking for a HIIT routine, or you’re searching for something quick and easy, here are 5 workouts that will bring you good results without any equipment. Make sure to warm-up before and get ready to sweat!
Set your timer for 50 seconds for each exercise and 10 seconds rest.
- Start with cardio – jumps or jumping jacks, or burpees if you’re feeling up to a challenge.
- Continue with arms – push-ups or triceps dips. Feel free to modify your exercise so that you feel comfortable, yet challenged. Push-ups from the knees work just fine!
- Another minute of cardio – high knees or jump rope.
- 50 seconds of squats or lunges, or even jump lunges to really boost your energy.
- End the cycle with an exercise for abs: crunches or plank.
Finished the cycle? Now it’s time to repeat everything twice more. You can choose a different exercise for each interval. The quick pace and short duration make it an ideal HIIT workout routine for beginners.
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To strengthen your back muscles without losing much time, core HIIT exercises are the best solution. And who doesn’t want to have flat abs? This quick and challenging interval routine will make you feel exhausted!
It doesn’t require a timer as it is based on repetitions of movements. Repeat each one 20 times, after completing the whole cycle rest for 30-60 seconds and repeat everything again twice.
- Lateral plank tucks: Begin in the plank position, then bring both of your feet to the right, return to the plank, bring both of your feet to the left, repeat.
- Toe touches: Lay on your back with feet up in the air (straight legs) and hands above your head. Crunch to touch your toes.
- Bird dogs: Begin on all fours, keeping your abs in. Reach your left hand forward and right leg back, without allowing your core to drop. Go back, repeat with right hand forward and left leg back.
- Russian twists: Sit on the floor with your legs bent, heels touching the floor. Keeping your hands at your chest, twist from side to side.
Remember to always keep your abs in while doing those exercises to avoid injury!
If the moves seem too complicated and setting up your routine seems too overwhelming, you might be tempted to postpone your workout to when you have more time… To avoid postponing, remember that making a little effort is better than making no effort at all.
This short HIIT routine doesn’t require any equipment or knowledge of any complicated moves. It only takes 6 minutes, so you can even do it during your coffee break… and still have time for a cup of coffee!
- Jumping jacks.
- Jumping lunges.
- Invisible jump ropes.
Do each exercise for 30 seconds with 10-second pauses, then repeat the whole cycle twice more.
Easy jumping HIIT exercises for beginners will not only boost your stamina and make your legs stronger, but also heighten your spirits and put a smile on your face.
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Upper And Lower Body Drill:
Losing fat and building stamina is great, but what about building muscle? When combined with a proper diet plan, HIIT training aimed at strength is a perfect solution for that. Here’s a challenging, but fun workout for upper and lower body. After all, strong arms and muscular legs are something worth fighting for!
Do each exercise for 45 seconds with 15-second pauses.
- Triceps dips
- Pull-ups (if possible)
- Diamond push-ups (with your hands under your chest)
- Jumping jacks
- High knees
- Squat jumps (make sure to land softly on your toes to protect your knees!)
- Walking lunges
Remember that you can always modify each exercise according to your abilities. Skip the pull-ups if needed, or do push-ups from the knees.
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Brazilian Butt Workout:
It seems that lately, the world has gone crazy about having a thick butt. While some Photoshop their pictures to appear to have a bigger butt, and others discuss the risks of butt implants, many choose the healthier alternative – exercise.
In addition to many fitness programs at the gym, you can boost your energy (and your booty) at home with those simple exercises.
Do each exercise for 30 seconds, have a 10-second rest, and repeat the whole cycle.
- Squat jacks
- Elevated bridge
- Mountain climbers
- Side step-up
- Tuck jumps
- Side step-up
- Alternating forward kicks
- Single leg deadlift
- Single leg burpee
- Single leg deadlift
While typical deadlifts require weights, you can do the same (or almost the same) exercise with no equipment: lean forward and reach one leg behind you, without dropping your belly. Try to keep the hips even and parallel to the ground. This exercise is great for your legs, back and hamstrings, in addition to improving your balance.
Try out any (or all!) of these HIIT workouts for beginners at home to lose fat, gain muscle, increase metabolism or simply boost your general mood.