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Why HIIT Training?

If you’re going to put in the painstaking effort that it takes to master your sport and become the athlete you’ve always wanted to be, then you’ll also want your efforts to be worth it. What good is hitting the gym for hours at a time, expending great amounts of energy, only to see minimal returns in the way of aerobic capacity and strength gains?

Here at The Real Runner™, our HIIT cardio experts have seen and used our fair share of exercise equipment - in fact, our understanding of fitness products on the market actually contributed to the development of our signature running machine. From stair steppers to ellipticals and a massive variety of treadmills, we’ve been able to see what works and, more importantly, what doesn’t work.

The Best HIIT Workout With The Real Runner™

Nowadays, more people and athletes than ever are realizing the incredible benefits that come from a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout. By doing things like burning more calories and fat, increasing your metabolism and even extending the calorie burn long after you’re done exercising, HIIT workouts pack an efficient punch. To get the most out of your workouts in the shortest amount of time possible, HIIT is highly recommended - and no HIIT cardio machine on the market does it better than The Real Runner™. Learn more about this incredible speed training and endurance machine.

An Overview Of HIIT

While HIIT is extremely effective, putting in the effort required for a HIIT workout is certainly no walk in the park. This type of training technique requires the individual to give one hundred percent of their effort through quick but intense bursts of exercise. These rapid bursts of activity are then followed by short recovery periods of rest, which are quite necessary in order to catch one’s breath and restore the energy needed to do the next burst of activity.

What happens during this process of rapid activity and recovery is that the heart rate stays up during the exercise period, burning more fat in less time. The main point is that a high-intensity workout will increase your body’s need for oxygen during the effort, creating an intentional oxygen shortage. Essentially, the body asks for more oxygen during the recovery periods, eventually resulting in what is known as an “afterburn” effect. The afterburn effect, also known as Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) is the primary reason why intense exercise will help burn more fat and calories as opposed to regular aerobic and steady-state workouts.

In other words, instead of jogging at a slow pace for long periods of time, it makes way more sense to run a lot harder for shorter periods of time, going on and off to give you, your muscles and your lungs a chance to catch up. The Real Runner™ was designed and engineered with this concept in mind, giving the user the most efficient and useful workout possible in the shortest amount of time.

HIIT Increases Your Metabolism

It’s true. Combining high-intensity workouts and cardio activity with interval training results in EPOC, which then speeds up your metabolic rate. Depending on the severity of the workout, this metabolism boost may last up to 48 hours after a complete HIIT routine. So, to the delight of many people using our HIIT cardio machine to shape up, you’ll still be burning fat hours after you’ve left the gym and moved on with your day.

HIIT Is Quick And Convenient

You’re more than welcome to go running for hours and hours, but at the end of the day, the best use of time is spent doing a HIIT workout. While we recommend following some of our workouts, even spending as little as five to ten dedicated minutes (on and off) on our workout device can result in some considerable calorie burn. Even if The Real Runner™ is not accessible near you, a complete HIIT routine can be done just about anywhere with little to no equipment. HIIT might be tough and exhaustive, but it’s the real deal.

Phosphocreatine, Lactic Acid, And Anaerobic Glycolysis

Whoa! What do these words mean and why do they matter? Well, when you are working hard and giving it your all during those first ten to twenty seconds of your workout, that’s when you’re using a high-intensity energy source known as phosphocreatine. This is what your body initially burns to make your intense bursts of activity possible.

After about twenty seconds or so, however, you start to feel like death. Right? This is because your phosphocreatine levels start to run low, and anaerobic glycolysis kicks in. Your body primarily draws on sugar (glucose) as an energy source for exercise, but once you’ve deprived your body of useful oxygen, the remaining glucose is converted to lactic acid as a fuel source. As your lungs are working overtime, you’ll begin to slow down, and maybe even feel nauseous thanks to the change in blood pH levels. Make sure to recover in between bursts of intense activity, taking the time to catch your breath and replenish those O2 levels. Optimal hydration is also key.  

The Ultimate High-Intensity Interval Training Solution Is Here

Other cardio equipment on the market just doesn’t come close to the performance that The Real Runner™ offers. If you’re experiencing knee pain running or your HIIT cardio workout isn’t as effective as you’d like it to be, know that we offer the best HIIT workout you’ll find - period. Check out The Real Runner™ here!