Benefits of a HIIT class at the gym

Classes and gyms can be daunting, especially if this is something you are taking up for the first time or haven’t been to in a while. This is why our fitness studios in the heart of Surrey offer guide training sessions with qualified instructors to guide you through classes, enabling you to make the most of your time there and achieve the goals you have in mind. 

In this article, we explore the benefits of the HIIT class here at BeZu Fitness Studios. First, let’s explore what HIIT stands for: High-Intensity Interval Training. To put it simply, a circuit is set up for you with various equipment such as kettlebells, weight bars and plyometric boxes. You are required to perform short bursts of intense anaerobic exercise increasing the heart rate, followed by a rest period to let it fall back down again. 

So why do we like HIIT small group sessions so much at BeZu? Here are 5 reasons why we recommend it.

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  1. More calorie burning 

As opposed to a regular run, you end up burning calories even after your HIIT workout due to EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption). This basically means that your body continues to burn calories due to your muscles’ demand for more nutrients after being worked during the class.

  1. Weight loss

Whether it’s to feel comfortable in your jeans again after a well-deserved holiday or overall losing those extra KGs that have been bothering you for a while, HIIT will become your go-to class to call those problems a thing of the past. This was proven by a 2019 study that suggested that you can lose 28.5% more fat by doing a HIIT workout compared to a less-intense continuous exercise, like running. 

  1. Increase in sleep quality

We have all experienced fragile sleep due to the hectic events of day to day life. It’s no secret that we seem to sleep much better after a day where a strenuous activity was involved – so imagine your sleep quality where your heart rate was elevated for at least 30 minutes? Can you already start counting the sheep?

  1. Effective muscle gain

In addition to helping with fat loss around the muscles, HIIT sessions could help increase muscle mass. Due to our carefully programmed classes to incorporate resistance training in a way that will test your Cardiovascular system. If you are less active to begin with and starting out with classes you might even see more muscle development in a shorter period of time too which is ideal if you have short-term goals! 

  1. HIIT can reduce heart rate and blood pressure

Another health benefit that we think you’ll find interesting is that continuous attendance of a HIIT class could reduce overall heart rate and blood pressure. Healthline mentions that “a study once found that 8 weeks of HIIT on a stationary bike decreased blood pressure as much as traditional, continuous endurance training in adults with high blood pressure”. So not only are our HIIT classes great for the waist but also for the heart!

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