Fitness Friday – HIIT it!

Fitness Friday – HIIT it!

Happy Friday!
Oh boy am I glad to say that!  This week feels like it was a blur to me!  Crazy busy for some reason and just one of those weeks where you’ve got so much to do and not enough time!  Which is why I’ll be talking about HIIT training today but you’ll have to keep reading for more on that 🙂

First, I’ve got more important things to discuss!  Like the Sweaty Bands Giveaway Winners!  Congrats to Alysia at Slim Sanity and Holly at Cute as a Bug’s Ear!  Message me with your details and I’ll get your Sweaty Bands out to you!

Since I’m technically still in my blogiversary month, I have one more Awesome giveaway for you!  This one is by far one of my favorites and I enjoy it almost every day.   BUT…. you’ll have to keep reading to find out what it is 🙂

Saturday – I worked out but for the life of me can’t remember what I did!  Ha!  Mom brain!

Sunday – Rest

Monday – Boot Camp + Elliptical HIIT Workout

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Tuesday – Boot Camp + Pyramid Treadmill HIIT Workout

 

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Wednesday – AWESOME Spin Class + Piyo class

Thursday – This workout that kicked my booty!

Friday – I had planned to go to the gym to run and do a weighted ball workout but the hubby decided to go which meant I was stuck in the garage for a short circuit workout that I threw together as I went.  It was good though so I’ll share it with you soon!  I was really craving run though but maybe I’ll find some time later today.  Yeah…. chances of that REALLY happening are pretty slim to none but I can hope right?

In the past, I had much more time and was under the impression (like many others) that the best way to burn calories was by spending hours sweating away on the cardio machines.  Now that I have The Love Nugget, time is much more valuable to me and I have WAY less of it.  Yes, even though I don’t have a full time job (other than being a mom), I don’t have all that much time.  So I was pleased to learn that I can burn tons of calories in a much shorter amount of time by doing High Intensity Interval Training or HITT.  This type of training consists of a short burst of high-intensity work followed by a lower-intensity  active recovery period.  The main aspect is to get your heart rate up for a short time and then lower it back down to where it’s steady again.  Then repeat for several rounds for a total of about 20-30 minutes.
HIIT training has some awesome benefits,

  • Improved cardiovascular system – Works your anaerobic and aerobic systems
  • Lowers your body fat – Achieve fitness goals faster
  • Shorter workouts – 15- 30 minutes, my style of workout!
  • Preserves muscle and burns the most fat – Muscle sparring
  • Increases growth hormone levels – Impacts production of HGH
  • Improvement in performance – Improves strength, speed, stamina, and agility.

I’ve been loving incorporating more HIIT training into my workouts lately.  You can find more helpful information here and here’s a few more awesome workouts in case you want to try it!

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Okay, as promised, I’ve got one more awesome giveaway for you of a favorite product.

fitmixer amino fruitpunch

Yep, Fitmixer Amino Supplement!  The hubby and I both love this stuff and I’m not just saying that because I’m a contributor for the company.  We honestly enjoy this drink and definitely notice the benefits of it.  If you’re not familiar with Amino supplements, you can learn more about it here but I’ll give you the basic rundown.

Basically it fuels your body with the essential nutrients it needs to give you energy, endurance, and helps your body recover after a workout.  Fitmixer uses a unique Triflow system that increases nitric oxide in your body.  Increased nitric oxide may help deliver more oxygen,  reduce fatigue and improve muscle recovery.

We ran out for about a week and noticed the difference right away.  Both the hubby and I felt sore and didn’t have that added energy boost we were getting by drinking Amino with our workouts.  Like I said, we love it!

The wonderful, and when I say wonderful I mean WONDERFUL, folks at Fitmixer supplied not just one container of Amino, but two!  That’s right one winner will receive a container of their Fruit Punch Amino and their Grape Amino.  Just follow the steps below for a chance to win!

To Enter –

  • Leave a comment telling me what supplements if any you take before, during or after exercise.

For an extra entry (and leave a separate comment) –

  • Tweet the following, “I just entered to win an @Fitmixer Amino drinks from @Giselleschroer!”
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  1. I freaking LOVE the FitMixer Aminos! Ever since I tried them at Blend last year and did their bootcamp last summer, I haven’t really used anything BUT Aminos during my workouts! 🙂

  2. I’ve never tried FitMixer Aminos, but hear lots of good things about them. By the way, pinned a number of your workouts. I always intend to add HIIT to my routine, but when I’m also adding running speed work it’s hard to find that balance to not overtrain. But I agree with you, and all of the recent research keeps pointing to the benefits of HIIT training, both for working out but also the overall health improvements are greater than steady state cardio. Now if only I can get myself to follow through on that head knowledge… I just love my long runs too much. 🙂

  3. I usually take energy gels before long runs, usually GU Energy. I have also been known to use Click protein 🙂

  4. I don’t take any special supplements for workouts other than the occasional protein powder–but I have been feeling a little low-energy lately for some reason, so maybe I should start!! Would love to try Fitmixer’s aminos!

    Also, wow, killer week of workouts! Way to go! 🙂

  5. Rachel Walsh says:

    Hello there! I just discovered your blog and LOVE IT!! I found your blog when I was online trying to find a recipe for homemade almond milk (yours is DELISH fyi!). I was recently married on the 17th and I aspire to have a happy, healthy, Eco-friendly home. Thank you for the wonderful blog Giselle!

    • Rachel Walsh says:

      PS: I don’t take any supplements before/after workouts. I am just starting to get back into working out and hoping it will kick my low energy slump and poor sleeping habits.

  6. I always love your workouts! I’ll definitely be trying some of these out.

  7. I mostly use whey protein powder as my before and after supplement.would be interested in trying the fit mixer aminos.

  8. AHH I have been wanting to try this! I havent tried FitMixer but have tried the ON pre workout supplement and I like it!

  9. Like you on FB!

  10. Follow you on Bloglovin! (Email as kbwood@g.clemson.edu)

  11. I use protein powder as my post workout supplement.

  12. tweeted your giveaway

  13. Liked you on facebook

  14. i see everyone doing the amino acids! since i work out right in the morning, i don’t do much before my work outs, but right after i always do a protein shake/mix.

    i would love to try the aminos before my work out to see if it helps with energy! might help wake me up 🙂

  15. i tweeted. @AccidentlyDlish

  16. I’ve never used protein powders before, however since I’ve been trying to take my workouts to new levels, it’s something that I would love to try. 🙂

  17. I usually supplement with some protein powder . . . but that’s about it! 🙂

  18. I have been wanting to try the fitmixter aminos! Currently I don’t really supplement at all before or after a run.

  19. I use protein powder post workouts. I would love to win TWO containers of aminos!!

  20. I liked you on Facebook.

  21. I follow you via Bloglovin!

  22. I’m a complete newbie when it comes to supplements and such so I would LOVE to give this a try! 🙂

  23. Tweeted!

  24. Liked you on FB! 🙂

  25. Followed you on bloglovin!

  26. Gah, love all of these new-to-me HIIT workouts to try! Thanks a million. 😀 I’m not too big into supplements. I used to do protein powder but not so much any more. I like to get most of my vitamins and nutrients the good ol’ fashioned way. But, hey, I wouldn’t turn down an opportunity to try out the Fitmixer Amino Supplement for free. 😉

  27. I follow you through email and on facebook!

  28. Ived used the fitmixer before and love it, so I would love to win some more!!

  29. i love HIIT workouts! i’ve been doing them since last year january and have seen nothing but awesome results!

  30. I LOVE Fitmixer Aminos! I’ve been out for the longest time and I’ve tried other supplements but they just don’t compare! Other than that (WHEN I’m actually working out that is) I usually do a shake right after I get home!

  31. Just tweeted!

  32. I liked you on FB!

  33. And I already follow you on BlogLovin’! 😀