Training at home is the ideal solution for anyone who doesn’t want to go to the gym. Many people choose to train at home because they don’t enjoy working out in a gym environment, or because their schedules are hectic and they have trouble getting to the gym. Fortunately, family commitments, erratic work hours or shift work, or a lack of available gyms nearby don’t need to get in the way of a good workout.

Home gym equipment is easy to use and can produce the same great results as you would get at the gym, without having to fork out for a gym membership. You don’t have to go to the gym to lose weight, you can reach your goals quickly and effectively by training at home, especially if you focus on high intensity interval training.

What is high intensity interval training?

High intensity interval training (HIIT) is when you work out in short bursts of very intense exercise, followed by a break. This style of training really suits people who have limited time and once you understand how it works, you can apply it to a wide range of different exercises, from strength to cardio for great results.

Why is HIIT so great for weight loss?

HIIT has been proven by numerous studies to be among the most effective type of exercise for weight loss and is suitable for people of any age and level of fitness.

The reason HIIT works so well is believed to be due to a number of different factors including the fact it increases your resting metabolic rate. This means that for 24 hours after training you will burn more calories even when you’re just sitting around doing nothing. It has also been shown to lead to significant spikes in growth hormone levels, which aid fat loss, and unlike continuous cardio, HIIT preserves and increases muscle development so that you lose fat, not muscle.

How can I do HIIT at home?

There are plenty of HIIT workouts out there, and even apps that can help you plan a training program to meet your goals. The basic principle is to go hard for 45 seconds and rest for 15, or for other intervals of different durations. You can do this using weights, bodyweight exercises, cardio or strength equipment.

As an example, if you have a rowing machine, try warming up for a few minutes then doing an intense burst of rowing for one minute before easing off for another minute. Keep going for as many sets as you can – after 20 minutes or so you should feel like you have run a marathon.

Make sure you are well hydrated before doing a HIIT session and always build up slowly so you don’t get injured. Take time to warm up and cool down afterwards and give yourself plenty of time to recover between workouts. A regular program of HIIT training mixed with other exercise will help you get rid of that excess weight in less time than you think.