High Intensity Interval Training – Quite simply it is any workout that alternates between intense bursts of energy and periods of less intense activity. As a runner I am familiar with the concept, incorporating sprints and strides in my running schedule regularly.
A couple of months ago I learned of a Hiit it at the Park program offered locally twice a week. Unfortunately it didn’t fit into my schedule but I filed the information away. This week my Life Schedule changed and I was delighted to learn that I can now attend the Wednesday evening HIIT sessions.
Cost is $2.00 per session and attendance is on a drop in basis. Locations vary around the city. Last night’s session was at Prince Edward Park in the west end of Moncton which is a short drive from my house. The weather was hot….. 29C and humid…. but we did our workout in the shade of the mature trees.
It was a great workout. The session was based on the Tabata program but the workout varies weekly. I was expecting it to be hard… and it was…. but I was pleased to be able to finish each Tabata without stopping. At the end of the workout we all high fived each other and the instructor commented to me that I was in good shape. Those few encouraging words put me over the moon with happiness. I know that I have worked hard to get to this fitness level and it was nice to have a stranger acknowledge that my efforts have had visible results. I am not where I want to be yet, but I am not where I used to be.
The park is located in an area of the city that I don’t frequent often. I drive through regularly but never have a reason to stop. After the workout I decided to go for my run for Run Streak Day 635. It is an older part of town with beautiful well maintained older homes and I enjoyed the change of scenery.
Can’t wait to do this again. The Hiit AND the Run.