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Rising fitness trend: The HIIT fusion workout

March 31, 2014

HIIT fusion workout is an effective workout that focuses on series of short, vigorous exercises rather than long workouts.

fusion-fitness-fusion-mixHigh-intensity interval training, or HIIT, has increased in popularity over the last few years as an effective workout that focuses on series of short, vigorous exercises rather than long workouts. The popularity of HIIT has birthed a new exercise trend, reports Reuters, that pairs the fitness regimen with other celebrated workouts, such as yoga and pilates.

Such “hybrid” workouts are believed to be a great way to increase heart rate while burning calories.

“My belief is to make the most of every second at the gym: get the workout done in the shortest time possible,” Stephanie Lauren, a certified group fitness and yoga instructor, told Reuters. Lauren created Plyoga fitness, which blends yoga postures with the explosive jumping and leaping of plyometrics.

Jessica Matthews, an exercise physiologist at Miramar College in San Diego, California, notes that while hybrid forms of exercise have become commonplace, they don’t mean nixing that daily jog or walk. Matthews also works as a yoga teacher and group fitness instructor.

“HIIT shows that in a very short time we can elicit maximum benefits, but that’s not saying that anything not HIIT should be tossed,” she said to Reuters, adding that finding a qualified instructor for hybrid classes is key.

While the incorporation of HIIT into these workout methods is relatively new, the fusion workout has been a hot trend for the last few years. Other fusion workout methods include Xtend Barre, which combines Pilates, cardio dance and barre fitness and was spotlighted at the 2013 FIBO Fitness showcase in Cologne, as well as Rock Fusion Pilates, Yoga Boot Camp, and Piloxing, which combines Pilates and boxing moves.

- AFP Relaxnews 


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