High intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are one of the best ways to get your heart rate up quickly while also burning a large number of calories. Another great benefit of these workouts is that they give your metabolism an additional boost for the next day or two.
Many gyms are offering classes that specifically focus on high intensity workouts, but thankfully there are plenty of free HIIT workout videos on YouTube that you can do in the comfort of your own home!
I have compiled a list of some of these workouts, each varying in length. You will notice that you can do these exercises without any equipment, so you really have no excuse to not try them!
Make sure that you do a warm-up before you jump into the high intensity part of the workout so that your heart has a chance to get ready for what is about to come.
Remember, these workouts aren’t meant to be easy. They are physically challenging and you may find yourself coughing from the lactic acid buildup or getting the jello feeling in your legs or other body parts as you go through the motions. These symptoms are normal when you are doing exercises at this caliber. Be aware of your limits and take it a little easier if you feel yourself getting lightheaded or nauseous.
Important Note: HIIT workouts are not meant to be an everyday thing. Instead, try incorporating this training into your routine two to three times per week. For the other days, choose a different form of training so that your muscles and lungs have time to recover and build.
Free HIIT Workout Videos from Different YouTube Channels
Blogilates Food Baby HIIT Workout
• Leg Crusher
• Sore for Days
• No Pain No Gain
But seriously… I could barely feel my legs after this one.
As sore as my muscles are after the fact, I secretly enjoy the feeling because it’s a sign that my body is becoming stronger. Cassey Ho, Blogilates founder and instructor, does a great job of talking you through this tough exercise sequence so that you push yourself to the limit.
Want to learn more about the free HIIT workout videos or Pilates routines offered by Blogilates? Check out my review here.
Fitness Blender Brutal HIIT Ladder Workout
Daily HIIT Twelve Minute Madness Workout
If you’re familiar with Bodyrock.tv, then the Daily HIIT won’t be anything new for you. I remember when I first completed this exercise routine – I could barely make it through some of the rounds, especially those that focused on arms. Before taking on this challenging 12 minute routine, make sure you get a warm-up in because the first round of exercises starts off quite intense.
Jessica Smith 30-Minute Free HIIT Workout Video – HIIT It Hard Cardio
BeFiT GO Beach Body – 40 Minute Fat-Burning HIIIT Workout
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism Complete Workout
Now that Your Body is Toast…
Congratulations on making it through these high intensity workouts! Whether you do ten minutes or an hour, you are still doing a great service to your body by making it a point to exercise. Before you go wash off your hard work (a.k.a. your sweat), take some time to do the following:
• Cool Down – Your body needs to have a little recovery time after such intense activity. You can find cool down videos on the internet that will lead you through some simple motions and stretches. Don’t rush this process because skipping this step could result in injuries.
• Hydrate – You lost a lot of fluids from all the moving around you did, so make sure you grab some water and rehydrate your body. I know there are contradicting statements about whether you should have a sports drink or not after losing so much sweat. My theory is that everything is okay in moderation, but I would recommend staying away from drinks that have tons of sugar in them. Ultimately, water is always the best option because it has no calories, no sugars, and it’s natural to your body.
• Eat Something – You just accomplished a huge feat and you may feel a little exhausted, so make sure you grab something to eat. Go for foods that have some protein in them if you can. I like to slice up a banana and eat it with peanut butter, but there are plenty of other options to choose from. Again, I would avoid anything high in sugar content because that will probably make you feel sick.
I hope that some of these free HIIT workout videos will help take your exercise to a whole new level! Even if you can only fit in a ten minute workout each day, that is better nothing. I promise that if you put forth the effort and push your limits a bit, you’ll see results.