High-intensity interval training or HIIT is a fitness practice that involves short bursts of work driven by all-out effort, followed by rest so your heart rate can recover. It has many benefits for those interested in a time-efficient, heart rate-boosting, and boredom-free workout. If your interest is piqued, then the latest episode of Good Moves, a 20-minute lower body HIIT workout with trainer Kat Atienza, is just what you’ve been looking for.
This routine targets your legs, glutes, and hips through lunges, squats, and quick transitions between different exercises. You can add weights to build strength or keep your body weight just to focus on muscular endurance. Either way, this workout really packs a punch. (You might want to have a sweat towel nearby.) The best part about this workout is that it’s packed with information, and Atienza guides you through every move with lots of patience and explanation.
There are two circuits with three exercises each in this routine. Atienza starts with a simple dynamic warm-up of jumping jacks, hamstrings, lunges and good days to prevent injury and allow you to get the most out of your session.
The first circuit includes exercises that require you to move your legs back and forth in space, testing your balance and one-legged strength. These include seesaw lunge (a combination of forward and backward lunges), bear plank to full plank (which requires walking with your feet forward and backward while keeping your hips level and pelvic stability) and glute bridges. for hamstrings (during which your slide or step your feet out and back, one at a time, without letting the rest of your body swing back and forth).
A few other exercises included in the video deadlifts, which target the entire back of your legs from ankles to glutes, and side planks with leg lifts that will get into your core, as well as your outer hips and side glutes. as the inner thighs.
The video ends with relaxing relaxation, rewarding you for all your hard work.