HIIT for the Holidays

Featured Article, Fitness
on December 2, 2013

Let’s be real: Who has time for hour-long workouts these days? Especially during the holidays, when long to-do lists, social obligations and travel plans all conspire to disrupt your fitness routine? But just because you can’t make it to the gym doesn’t mean you should let fitness fall to the wayside. This holiday season, squeeze in a quick, fat-blasting workout in ten minutes or less with high-intensity interval training, or HIIT.

“High-intensity interval training (HIIT) describes any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest,” explains Lisa Kinder, a certified fitness instructor and brainchild behind the DVD, “10 Minute Solution: High Intensity Interval Training.” “It gets you fitter in less time by supercharging your metabolism, burning fat and strengthening your cardiovascular system,” Lisa notes. Plus, she adds, it requires no equipment and can be done virtually anywhere.

We know your time is precious, especially during the chaos of the holidays, so make every second count with these insanely effective HIIT training videos.

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FitnessBlender HIIT Cardio

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Scorch big-time calories in just twenty minutes with this total-body HIIT blaster from YouTube’s Fitness Blender. Equipment-free and fast-moving, the video—which consists of a 5-minute warm-up, a 10-minute HIIT series and a 5-minute cool-down—takes you through a series of dynamic, fat-busting movements such as burpees, jump squats and push-ups. Helpful voice cues count out reps for you, letting you focus on the burn, not the computer screen. We guarantee you—you’ll be sweat-drenched and bone-tired by the time this twenty-minute killer is through!

 The Biggest Loser: 8-Minute Body Blasters


In this no-gimmicks workout DVD, “Biggest Loser” trainers Dolvett Quince and Bob Harper lead viewers through a series of fast-paced 8-minute cardio blasts that target specific body areas (abs, butt, legs). Designed to shed inches and blast fat in no time, this DVD is a great solution for time-crunched folks who only have a few minutes to spare. Have a little bit of extra time? You can also mix-and-match the customizable segments for a longer total-body workout.

10-Minute Solution: High Intensity Interval Training


Work up a sweat and shed inches in a fraction of the time with this high-intensity interval training DVD, which includes five fast and furious workouts. Some segments are pure fat-burning aerobics, while others have a targeted body-sculpting element (e.g. lower body “burpees” or upper-body mountain climbers). Upbeat trainer Lisa Kinder offers helpful cueing and guidance, in addition to motivational affirmations to help you push through the burn.

XHIT Daily: Ultimate HIIT Workout

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Got 10 minutes to spare? We thought so. Crank out a total-body workout with this 10-minute HIIT workout found on YouTube. Trainer Cynthia Dallas takes no prisoners, leading you through a killer sequence consisting of Cross Fit-inspired moves (think oblique crunches, side lunges and burpees) until you’re breathless—and crying “mercy.”