20-Minute At-Home HIIT Workout
By now you've surely heard about all the exceptional advantages of high intensity interval workouts. The most common benefit touted by almost every exerciser: a big calorie burn in a just a short amount of time. It’s basically the answer to all of your exercises prayers; the ability to reap all the best benefits of physical fitness without having to sacrifice too much of your precious time.
But not so fast, just because HIIT workouts are short, doesn’t mean they’re a walk in the park. After all, take a look at the first two words in the name. Interval training will save you time, but that means you’ll need to put in three or four times the effort during those short 20- to 30-second bursts of movement that the exercise style has become so widely renowned for.
The other thing that makes HIIT so convenient is that, for the most part, it doesn’t require much equipment or a lot of space. That means you can workout just about anywhere at any time. For this particular workout all you need is a pair of dumbbells (and really, those aren’t even 100% necessary if you really want to argue about it) and your body. So, any excuses about not having a gym membership or enough time are completely invalid.
To complete this HIIT workout, perform 8 rounds of each exercise, 20 seconds at a time with just 10 seconds rest between each 20-second bout. Take 1 minute rest between exercise rounds. For rounds 2, 4, and 5 alternate between exercises A and B.