HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is a type of training that involves repeated bouts of high intensity effort followed by a short recovery time. The high intensity work out time may range from 15 to 90 seconds of work followed by a rest period from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, performed at 80-95% of a person’s estimated maximal heart rate.
HIIT training has been shown to have several benefits to the individual, including improving aerobic and anaerobic fitness, and improving blood pressure, cardiovascular health and cholesterol profiles. These benefits are just one of the many reasons why this method of training and workout has become so popular.
HIIT training has become increasingly popular over recent years due to the fact that it can be easily modified to suit individuals of all fitness levels and abilities. HIIT has proven to be an extremely popular form of exercise during lockdown. Many people took up HIIT training at home focussing on body weight exercises using YouTube videos. Due to the varying length of HIIT sessions most people have found time to exercise when they don’t have to commute to the office and back every day.
Not only this but it’s popularity stems from the length of workouts and the calories burnt; HIIT training benefits individuals in a very similar way, if not the same way as continuous endurance workouts, but in shorter periods of time. The bursts of high intensity followed by a short rest before another burst of high intensity help improve muscle tone, cardio fitness and aid fat loss. With fitness personalities such as Joe Wicks providing a range of HIIT workouts on his YouTube channel this type of exercise has grown in popularity over the years.
HIIT workouts are known to burn more calories and achieve EPOC (excessive post exercise consumption) which adds between 6-15% more calories to the overall calories the workout has burnt.
Vigin Active asked us to install HIIT training grids at three of their gyms so they could offer and facilitate this popular workout for their clients. After discussing the requirements for the training grids with Virgin Active we calculated the measurements, so that the design was 100% accurate and would meet the needs of the gym and the users. The work was carried out on one day, minimising disruption.
Each grid was marked out on vinyl flooring, which we had prepped by cleaning the surface to ensure we achieved a smooth, professional and accurate finish as possible. We also used the best sports marking paint for the grids, to ensure durability. Due to the purposes of the grid, these markings will experience extensive and intensive use and therefore will need to be durable enough to stand the test of time, so that users can continue to use this facility for months to come.