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Ready, set, HIIT! 30-minute sweatdown

HIIT circuit

I don’t know about you, but I love a good SWEAT when I work out. If I’m not soaking wet after exercise, then I feel like I didn’t push myself hard enough and it actually disappoints me. Is that weird?  It all started years ago. I used to be a little heavier at about 160 lbs and size 7-8.  For a girl barely hitting 5’3 tall, I was plumper than I wanted to be, and there came a time when I realized I should really slim down to look better and feel better about myself. I just wasn’t as confident as I knew I could be. So at 20, I made the decision to stop the B.S. and start sweating it out. Instead of immediately signing up for a gym membership, I began researching different at-home workouts and the “Exercise TV” channel On Demand (which I don’t even think exists anymore, but it was great!) I discovered a ton of great trainers like Jackie Warner and Jillian Michaels (this was before she really made a name for herself), and that’s when I discovered HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training. I immediately fell in love with these different workouts because they are short, make you sweat tremendously, and you’ll burn more calories than a boring run on a treadmill. 

With this type of exercise, grouped with a strict nutritious diet, I was shedding lbs in no time. For this first HIIT workout, all you need is your own body weight and two 5, 8 or 10 lb weights (depending on your fitness level). I also like to use a HIIT app timer to stay on track. You can download one for free on your iPhone or Droid. Try it out at home or the gym – and don’t quit!  Even if you’re a beginner, do a modified version of the move if it’s getting too challenging. You’ll thank me afterwards. And don’t forget to keep water close by. You may want to take a sip in between each round.