One of the great exercise trends of recent years has been HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training); it’s a popular option for those who enjoy short, sharp, body shredding workouts.
HIIT is highly effective at burning fat and losing weight because it places such a huge amount of stress on the cells, forcing them to work at top speed. HIIT is a great choice for anyone who wants a lean and toned body.
HIIT workouts are intense, short in duration, and highly effective at burning fat.
They do have some limitations however, so it’s important to know what they are before you hop onto the HIIT bandwagon.
Disadvantages of HIIT:
1) The extreme stress placed on the cells can lead to overtraining, especially if done frequently.
This is a disadvantage because overtraining can cause a decrease in the individual’s immune system, which would make them more susceptible to illnesses.
2) The risk of injury is higher during HIIT training than with other forms of endurance exercise, such as running on a treadmill at a moderate pace.
This is significant because if you are injured then you cannot exercise, and that also means that the HIIT workout will not yield any results.
3) You can experience changes in mood due to the temporary increase in blood pressure during these workouts.
This is an important point because temporary changes in mood can play havoc with your psychological state and negatively impact your general well-being.
4) HIIT can be dangerous for those who are new to exercise or have health problems.
This is because HIIT places a lot of stress on the body and can cause problems for those who are not used to this type of intensity.
HIIT should only be done under the supervision of an experienced instructor, or after consulting with your doctor.
5) HIIT workouts are very intense and can lead to symptoms such as nausea and vomiting if not practiced correctly.
This is a disadvantage because it can put people off from doing HIIT workouts altogether.
6) HIIT is not suitable for everyone.
If you’re pregnant, elderly, or have a heart condition, for example, it’s best to avoid HIIT and stick to a more moderate form of exercise.
7) HIIT takes a lot of time and effort to perfect.
This is because you need to work out at the correct intensity and duration in order to achieve the desired results.
8) HIIT is not always affordable.
This is because many of the required pieces of equipment, such as a skipping rope, are not cheap.
9) HIIT can cause fainting in some individuals.
This is a significant disadvantage because if the individual is involved in an activity when this happens, they may injure themselves or people around them.
10) It’s not suitable for beginners to attempt HIIT before they’ve built up their fitness levels with other forms of exercise.
This is because the risk of injury from poor form and lack of flexibility is higher with HIIT.
So, there are some disadvantages to HIIT training. But don’t let that put you off – these disadvantages are far outweighed by the benefits of HIIT! Just be aware of them before you start your next HIIT workout.
About BBBrown Fitness:
BBBrown Fitness offers fun outdoor training in comfortable, supportive group settings in central Austin. BBBrown Fitness workouts combine elements of HIIT, strength training, Pilates, and barred work to create efficient, total-body workouts. Our trainers are experienced and certified, and our classes are tailored for all fitness levels. We offer both private and group training sessions. For more information, please check out our website!