Last week was a better week. I went running twice, out on the bike, and I did my first HIIT class!
People keep asking me what ‘HIIT’ is. It stands for ‘high intensity interval training’. It seems to be fairly popular among people who want to look good, but don’t actually like exercise. At least, that’s the impression I’ve always had about it.
The class I took was on Thursday. There were maybe eight people in the class. We were told we would need a mat and a bar, then we stood in a circle and our instructor, Marie, put on a pumpy track that looped through the same 60 seconds over and over again.
We started off with some warm up moves. Every move was repeated to the beat for 50 seconds. Then there was a 10 second ‘rest’ to get into position for the next move. The class moved seamlessly from warming up to the main session. We did every variation of plank, crunch and sit up I could ever possibly think of. Just as we finished one and I’d think we’d be doing something different, we were presented with yet another way to ‘engage’ our core.
In total, I think we did between 20 and 25 sets – all strength-based exercises, but done so fast I felt like I needed to swallow my heart back into my chest. By the end of the class I couldn’t even sit up on my own. It was the fastest 30 minutes of my training life and it wasn’t until Sunday that I was able to sit up on my own without rolling into my side first.
The rest of the week was fairly busy, so I didn’t get fully back into the training load. But I ran on Tuesday for the first time since getting this cold. It was so much better than I expected. The run, I mean, not the cold. It was a slow 3 miles, but feeling good and not hating it. I ran again Sunday morning. Four miles this time, still slow, working to a lower heart rate.
And I cycled on Saturday. About 20 miles. It was hard, possibly because I was still so achy after the HIIT training. It’s definitely not because I’m not that fit…
So, here’s aiming for more of the same this week. I’m booked in for another HIIT class and a want to get to the gym a couple of times on top of that. I’ve already managed a swim yesterday, and I did an arms workout before running tonight! So far so good, but still a lot to get in. Really what I need is an extra 2 days a week. How would I go about getting that?