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What is HIIT and how can it help me achieve my health and fitness goals?

As the ABC launches the Your Move campaign to help Australians explore their health and fitness journey, journalist Marnie Vinall is hitting the road to try out some of the growing exercise trends across the country.

As one of the most popular fitness trends, I thought I’d do a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) bench test.

It wouldn’t be my first rodeo with high intensity exercises.

During Melbourne’s six lockdowns, I went through a YouTube HIIT dance phase, where I squatted and jumped to Hamilton and Disney songs, blindly following the instructions of a fitness YouTuber.

But it would be my first live group class – a class where I couldn’t decide whether to skip moves or exercise on my own, or sign out early feeling like I already had some. done enough.

This time, I would have nowhere to hide.

Since my local gym already offers these types of classes, I decided it would be a safe and convenient bet to try out the popular exercise format.

But first I reached out to John Hawley, director of the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research at Australian Catholic University, to ask what HIIT was all about.

“High-intensity training and interval training have been around for years for athletes, but it’s only recently become popular for general health,” he said.

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