As we quickly approach the Winter season, the urge to hibernate grows stronger. Resisting the feeling, it is time to embrace simplistic exercise and get in some cardio. One of the fastest growing workouts in North America is the High-Intensity Interval workout – better known as HIIT. This exercise trend has acted as a catalyst for progressive exercises all over the nation. Done with ease, HIIT workouts can be completed with no equipment, just cardio, endurance and an iPod of energizing tunes. HIIT workouts typically last between 10 to 30 minutes and will leave you feeling sweaty and feeling refreshed. Paired with the Cole Legging and the Ramona Light Impact sports bra, you will be ready to grab your iPod and feel the HIIT.
We have 10 great tunes for your HIIT workout below.
Tkay Maidza - Simulation
Everyone’s favorite summer jam will inspire you to push harder and power through your workout. You can use this song for your Kettlebell workout as well! For the perfect HIIT Kettlebell routine, start with a two-handed Kettlebell swing: 8 rounds (20 seconds with a 10-second rest), then move to Floor-to-Overhead Kettlebell press: 4 rounds (30 seconds with a 15-second rest). Keep going as long as you can.
NEIKED feat. Dyo – Sexual
With a beat made for squats, it is like Sexual by NEIKED was made for working the quads. Whether you’re squatting with weights or by doing jump squats, Sexual will help you out. The perfect exercise is as follows - 3 reps of 10 squats with 30 seconds of rest in-between. If you’re up for a challenge and want a true HIIT workout, you can try out the Tabata Squat regimen where you challenge yourself through an increased amount of repetitions in twenty seconds. and then rest for ten seconds, repeat seven times.
Shakira – Dare (la la la)
Burpees in of themselves are exhausting, but a great challenge. If you’re up for the challenge, do as many burpees as you can in 30 seconds, take a rest. Change it up with going into squats, lunges or star jumps. Dare (la la la) will help you through it, too. Shakira's music has that great beat for any situation.
Sia – Move Your Body
Paired with Move Your Body by Sia, this set will keep your blood pumping and heart racing. Firstly, start off with jumping jacks, followed by lunges, dips and finish off with a set of pushups. Paired with the upbeat tempo and the move your body messaging, inspiration comes in its finest form to push your further into the exercise. During exercise always remember to take a rest before repeating a set, this will give your body a break before going into further repetitions. Move Your Body is fast, has a brilliant tempo and is the perfect addition to a workout.
Will.I.Am. feat. Justin Bieber - #thatPOWER
The simplicity of this exercise is that it can be done on any set of stairs. Whether in the house, at the park or office, you can get in your daily cardio at any time of the day. A job up an incline provides an excellent opportunity to work out the glutes, thighs, and calves, all the while strengthening endurance. #thatPOWER by Will.I.Am and Bieber is the perfect song to put you into a cardio mindset.
Jai Wolf –Indian Summer
Indian Summer is the perfect blend of EDM and traditional Indian music. This song is like a Bollywood dream, perfect for stretching. Practiced on either a yoga mat or stable ground, take this opportunity to stretch our your body and refresh your muscles and joints.
Ansel Elgort – Home Alone
Paired with Home Alone by Ansel Elgort, begin your exercise with a brisk walk for 30 seconds, and then a 30-second sprint. Keep doing this for 8 minutes. Home Alone was this summer's surprise hit, and through an EDM and pop mix, this track is a workout must listen.
Britney Spears – Clumsy
Stationary bikes are a staple at any gym – and are usually something you start your workout with. After you’ve warmed up on the bike for a few minutes, begin your workout. The purpose of this exercise is resistance. Adjust your bike's resistance in between rest periods for a sweat inducing and boundary pushing exercise. Paired with Britney Spear’ Clumsy, the change in tempo will be perfect for adjusting your pace.
Icona Pop – I Love It
An iconic workout classic, Icona Pop’s I Love It will allow you to keep up the momentum of any exercise. Paired with jump rope intervals, we encourage your first round of jumping to be paced at a steady rate for a few minutes. After a rest let the tempo time your movements as you gradually skip faster and let your repetitions grow.
Susie Suh – Here With Me
The final song of any workout should contain a slower tempo to bring down your heart and relax. Paired with a yoga mat, it is time to delve into relaxation through the simple Yoga technique of Shavasana. Lay down on your back and lay your arms beside you with your palms faced to the ceiling. Legs sprawled open, take this opportunity to connect with your center and form a gradual decline from your high-intensity exercise. Paired with Here With Me by Susie Suh, you can successfully add peace and serenity to your workout.
Written by: Erin Cassidy
Edited by: Kyle Mack