BODY LOVE SERIES PART 6- HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING

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WARNING: This workout is not for the faint hearted. You will struggle. It will burn. You will hate us. So, you might wonder, “Why would Devin and Tash do this to us? They seem like nice people, but this is horrible!” Well ladies, one of the main reasons is time. Yes, time. We know how busy life can get and we know how hard it can be. How difficult it is to not only find an hour for the gym, but  the half an hour of travel before and the 30 mins after to shower. All in all it can take 2 hours of your precious daylight, seriously adding to the stress of getting your butt to the gym. As if it’s not hard enough already.

The workout we are sharing with you for Part 6 of the Body Love Series is a 15 min, high intensity workout. You’re probably thinking that 15 mins sounds too good to be true. We were in London the first time we did this work out, and felt we had never exercised so hard in our lives. But we loved it. It was quick. It was painful. But it was very rewarding.

Now. Apart from the ‘time benefits’, here are a few facts about the benefits of this high intensity interval training (HIIT), and some of the reasons we fell in love with it. Your regular workout has nothing on this.

  • You burn more fat: By increasing and decreasing your heart rate during intervals, your body starts to use your fat reserves to keep up. It continues to do this for 24 hours after your workout, so you will burn more calories than during a medium – low intensity workout.
  • You lose weight instead of gaining muscle: The high intensity cardio exercise means you are burning fat rather than increasing muscle mass. Working towards a feminine, shapely figure.
  • You can do it anywhere, no equipment needed: As we travel a lot, we love being able to do this workout no matter where we are in the world. You can do this in your home, in a park or at the gym.
  • You are increasing your metabolic rate:  Which means you will be able to burn fat faster at any given time, even just walking up a set of stairs throughout your day.
  • You will have a healthier heart rate: HIIT training will increase your cardiovascular endurance due to its high intensity.

To put it simply, us ladies love our curves, want to slim out in the right places and not build muscle in the wrong places. This workout is a great way of doing that. You just need to work hard for 15 mins 4-5 times a week.

A few tips before you begin:

When you feel the burn, keep going. That’s when the workout is doing the most and matters the most.

Count the seconds as you do the moves to keep up with the intervals and DO NOT STOP. Keep going, even if you just jog on the spot. Otherwise, your heart rate will go down and you will lose the intensity.

EVERY EXERCISE LASTS 30 SECONDS WITH 20 SECONDS RUNNING ON THE SPOT IN BETWEEN.

20 SECONDS JOG ON THE SPOTNested Sequence 22

30 SECONDS SIDE SQUATSNested Sequence 36

20 SECOND JOG ON THE SPOTNested Sequence 22

30 SECONDS SIDE SQUATSNested Sequence 36

20 SECONDS JOG ON THE SPOTNested Sequence 22

30 SECONDS LEG LIFTS Nested Sequence 05

20 SECONDS RUN ON THE SPOTNested Sequence 22

30 SECONDS WALK OUT LOWER BACK STRETCH UP AND DOWNNested Sequence 31

20 SECONDS RUN ON THE SPOT Nested Sequence 22

30 SECONDS FORWARD LUNGE WITH OVERHEAD ARM STRETCHNested Sequence 37

20 SECONDS SPRINT ON THE SPOTNested Sequence 25

30 SECONDS WALK OUT PUSH UPNested Sequence 30

20 SECONDS RUN WITH KNEE RAISESNested Sequence 23

3O SECONDS JUMPING LUNGES Nested Sequence 26

20 SECONDS RUN ON THE SPOTNested Sequence 22

30 SECONDS SQUATNested Sequence 20

30 SECONDS STATIC SQUATNested Sequence 32

20 SECONDS SPRINT ON THE SPOTNested Sequence 25

30 SECONDS JUMP SQUATSNested Sequence 33

30 SECONDS SQUATSNested Sequence 20

20 SECONDS KNEE RAISES Nested Sequence 23

30 SECONDS STRAIGHT ARM PLANK KNEE TO ELBOW CRUNCHNested Sequence 28

30 SECONDS PLANKNested Sequence 08

30 SECONDS BICYCLE CRUNCHESNested Sequence 07

20 SECONDS JOG ON THE SPOTNested Sequence 22

30 SECONDS STRAIGHT ARM PLANK KNEE CRUNCH OUTSIDE KNEENested Sequence 29

20 SECONDS RUN ON THE SPOT

30 SECONDS BEAR CRAWLS FORWARD AND BACKNested Sequence 35

20 SECONDS SPRINT ON THE SPOTNested Sequence 25

30 SECONDS JUMP TUCK PUSH UP
Nested Sequence 27

20 SECONDS JOG ON THE SPOTNested Sequence 22

30 SECOND PLANKNested Sequence 38

4 MINUTES OF STRETCHING

Nested Sequence 40

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Special thanks to London based personal trainer Gilles Souteyrand for showing us this workout!

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