The 2010 Best of Canada Natural Health Awards
Living Healthy in the Real World has been nominated in the Health Resource – Social Media category for the 2010 Canadian Natural Health Awards! It’s very exciting. If you like this blog (and if you live in Canada), feel free to cast a vote in this direction 🙂
I had the opportunity last week to visit Aspire Fitness, a small gym on the outskirts of my city. Jason Penner, the owner, put me through his HITT program with a few of the other clients that he has been working with.
HITT stands for High Intensity Tempo Training. At Jason’s gym, the circuit involves a series of ten different exercises. You do each exercise for 90 seconds straight before moving to the next one. When you are done the entire set of ten, you get a 90-second break before doing it all over again. And then a third time. The word “intensity” is in the name for a reason! It’s a tough workout with fast turnover between exercises. Midway through the first set I could already feel the sweat on my face, and I’m no wimp when it comes to fitness.
Doing the HITT class reminded me a lot of my boot camp days. I really loved the focus of the class and how there’s such a personal aspect to it, when there’s just you, the trainer, and a couple of other clients all working your butts off. At the end of the practice session, Jason offered me eight weeks of HITT, three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, an hour each time). I will be writing about my experiences with HITT each week in return for the free classes.
I’ve been trying to lose some body fat for a while now, and I think that eight weeks solid of HITT might just help me out with losing the body fat. My goals for the eight weeks might be lofty, but here they are:
1) I want to lose 5 lbs;
2) I want to lose 3% of my body fat;
3) I want to lose 2 inches.
If I don’t quite manage to achieve those goals, that’s okay – but I’m still going to strive for those goals. We’ll see how well I do!
Yesterday morning was my first real HITT class. My instructor is Holly, and she’s great. There are five of us in the class, so we each do a different exercise at the same time and follow each other through the circuit. The first exercise that Holly put me through was hill sprints. I loved it for the first 20 seconds. Then I spent the next 70 seconds counting down and praying I wouldn’t fall off of the inclined treadmill. When they say “hill sprints”, they aren’t joking! It was so tough that I hadn’t caught my breath until after I’d finished the next four exercises, 90 seconds each (push ups, lat raises, weighted step-ups, and push-pulls). By the third circuit, I got a stitch in my side while doing 90 seconds of jumping jacks. It’s been a while since a workout has caused a stitch in my side, so suffice it to say that I was thoroughly impressed. Especially because this was only Day One.
Because it was my first class yesterday morning, I weighed in and measured my waist on Sunday morning for my “starting measurements” at home. I have recorded my stats and am planning on checking them again midway through the HITT program, in four weeks, and then again at the end of the program. Jason also took our weight, body fat, and chest, waist, and hip measurements on Monday night. Because I tend to weigh myself first thing in the morning before I’ve eaten, and because I have a different scale than the one at Aspire Fitness, the weight and body fat percentage were not the same on both scales. Jason will be taking our measurements again later on, so I figure I might as well take my own measurements at home too – it doesn’t hurt to have a couple of ways to track progress.
I’m fine with sharing the numbers of my measurements, but I know that some readers prefer not to know that kind of information. Does anyone have a preference one way or another? Let me know!
Next week I’ll talk some more about the online component of the HITT program. Although I do have a food blog, I will also be recording everything I eat (and all the exercising that I do) at my online Aspire Fitness profile as well. I’m interested to see the nutrient breakdown. Super excited about the next eight weeks of HITT!
Have you ever tried HITT? What were your experiences with it like? What kind of exercise are you doing right now? Do you use an online program to track nutrient intake and your fitness progress? Share in the comments section below!