Today I did High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) on the elliptical. Kicked. My. Butt.
It seems like everyone's been buzzing about HIIT lately and I've been wanting to give it a try. Basically you alternate sprints and rest periods for part or all of your workout. Here's what it looked like:
1-3 Warm Up
3-6 Regular pace
7-10 Regular pace
11-14 Regular pace
15-18 Regular pace
19-22 Regular pace
23-26 Regular pace
27-30 Regular pace
30-35 Cool down
I was originally planning on putting in a 7th sprint at minutes 30-31, but I just couldn't do it. I finished today completely wiped out. My regular pace was about 5 1/2 mph, while my sprints varied from 8 1/2 to 10 mph. I hit 10 on my last sprint.
My face was bright purple*, and I felt like I really accomplished something.
* My face is always a bright red to purple when I work out. Even if I just work out a little bit. Sometimes I feel like I should explain that really, I'm not dying, it's just what happens.