6 Best Exercises For HIIT Circuit Workouts

Circuit Training HIIT Workouts

HIIT is high intensity interval training. By now, most of us know what this term means and are familiar with how to go about using it. Simply put, it means that you are going to be alternating between periods of high intensity (normally at around 90-100% of your MHR) and periods of relatively low intensity and recovery (at around 70% of your MHR). These best exercises for HIIT circuit workouts will help you get more out of your exercise routines.

Best Exercises For HIIT Circuit Workouts

What this does, is to deplete your stores of glycogen and ATP, so that the only way your body can get the energy it needs to carry on with the low intensity training is to burn fat. You thus burn more fat both during the workouts and also continuously after the workout has finished!

HIIT doesn’t just have to mean running. Actually, there are a number of different exercises you can use in order to burn more fat and build more muscle and these work perfectly when combined with a HIIT workout. Here are some great examples:

Kettlebell Swings Benefits

Kettlebell Swings Benefits

The kettlebell swing is an exercise that involves swinging a kettlebell up in the air and then letting it fall back down again. The momentum generated by this allows you to continuously exert yourself and ultimately, it’s a great way to provide a cardio challenge that burns fat while at the same time challenging and building up your muscles as well.

This is the perfect example of ‘concurrent training’ and will not only burn more fat but also tone and build muscles and generally help you to see amazing results.



Watch This Kettlebell Swing Video

Pull Ups Muscles

Pull Ups Muscles

Pull ups are very well suited to HIIT, as long as you can perform enough of them with good technique. When you start to tire, you can always try to use a bit more momentum, at which point they become ‘kipping pull ups’ like those taught in CrossFit classes.

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High Knees vs Running

High Knees vs Running

If you can’t get outside to run, then another way to burn a lot of calories with a similar motion is to perform high knees. Stand on the spot, hold your hands up high and then run so that your knees hit your hands.

Watch This High Knees Video

Lateral Tuck Jumps

Lateral Tuck Jumps

Jump up in the air and then hug your knees in toward your chest each time you reach the apex of your jump. Make sure that you make lateral movements while in your jump.

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Jack In The Box Tuck Jumps

Jack In The Box Tuck Jumps

Here, you squat down into a huddled position and then jump straight up in the air and kick your hands and arms out like a starfish. This not only challenges your legs to deliver a lot of explosive power but also involves your entire body in the movement!

Watch This Jack in the Box Video

How To Do Clap Pushups

How To Do Clap Pushups

HIIT works best when you involve your fast twitch muscle fiber. Fortunately, clapping push ups are a type of exercise that do exactly that thanks to their plyometric nature. These are much harder and more ballistic than regular press ups and can be used to burn through calories as a result.

Watch This Clapping Push Ups Video

Other HIIT For Fitness Exercises

Of course these are just a few HIIT training examples. Some others that are just as good include rowing, swimming, cycling… Try them all and see what works best for you!


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