Yes, I’m that weird person you see running up and down the avenues in the cemetery at dusk. If you catch me on a good day of training, you’ll even hear me singing along – loudly – to whatever is pumping into my ears as I run.
I’ve been doing High Intensity Interval Training for going on 4 years now. I’ll filter it in every other 12 week cycle of training. I just started a new 12 week program about 2 1/2 weeks ago, and just started back up with the HIIT again. HIIT is a great tool to include in any training. It helps keep the metabolism pumping. I’ve also had incredible speed gains when running because of it, and I’ve also seen great muscle growth in my legs.
HIIT is based on a simple theory – fast and slow. A cemetery is probably the easiest place (and in most areas safest too) to accomplish, in my opinion, a good session. I’ll lightly job down an avenue, then give it all I’ve got down the next. Then I’ll side-step my way back to my water bottle. The point of HIIT is to do a cardio activity at a comfortable rate (jog, walk, etc) then really pump it up and go as hard as you can for as long as you can. Most people do it for 20-30 minutes at a time. You burn calories like crazy during it, and for quite some time after you’ve wrapped the training session.
Plus, it really makes you earn that shower.