High intensity interval training, better known as HIIT, has been one of the most useful tools in recent times to burn fat and at the same time, considerably improve our physical condition. However, there is another equally or more effective alternative to get in shape: he HIFTWe tell you what it is and how it is done.
HIFT or high intensity functional training
The HIFT named for its acronym in English, High Intensity Functional Trainingis a exercise modality that focuses on functional movements. That is, it uses to a large extent exercises that mobilize a large number of muscle groups and can be adapted to the physical condition of each person.
This method toriginates from special forcessince it is born with the need to put in shape, for example, a firefighter or a military that require certain important physical qualities such as lift a good amount of weight and at the same time, be fast or light.
So this training involves different exercises and working methods: from lifting external loads to jumping, running, climbing or even doing exercises with our own body weight or others such as rowing or cycling to improve aerobic capacity.
Differences between HIIT and HIFT
We all know HIIT or high intensity interval training very well, which first of all differs from HIFT by working at very high intensity intervals with short rest periods between them.
This means that HIIT uses more cyclical exercises while HIFT involves functional movements that require the effort of a large number of muscles at the same time and can be used frequently, CrossFit exercises.
On the other hand, in HIFT unlike HIIT, although work and rest times may be programmed, these are highly variable being able to go from a few minutes to 20 or more, alternating with break times also diverse, depending above all on the type of exercises or the type of work.
For example, we can make a AMRAP (as many repetitions as you can, for its acronym in English) in a marked time but without specifying rest or, apply the Tabata method (which is also a HIIT training) where eight work rounds of 20 seconds each are carried out, at maximum intensityinterspersed with each other with 10 seconds of rest between them.
Clearly HIFT and HIIT share many similarities, both training methods being very effective to work in a short time due to their high intensity; however HIFT may or may not be interval training.
HIFT or HIIT: which one to choose?
As we have said, both training methods allow work the body intenselyHowever, HIFT involves functional exercises, that is, it helps us to improve daily gestures and at the same time gain coordination, strength, agility, power and other abilities, improving our general physical shape in addition to helping us burn fat as HIIT effectively achieves.
He HIFT on the other hand, it can be great option if we already have a certain level of previous training or great physical fitness, being able to achieve considerable improvements by applying other more demanding movements and designing intense workouts, with or without intervals, as we continue to progress.
He HIIT on the other hand, it can be more recommended if we still don’t have a good one technique in some exercises, since despite the intensity and as long as the technique is not excessively bad, it is more difficult to have an injury. While in HIFT or when performing Olympic lifts or certain gymnastic exercises with fatigue it can be more dangerous..
Both methods of training have great advantages to work on the body being able to choose one or the other option according to our possibilities, needs, physical condition and also to our tastes and preferences, since the HIFT It may not be suitable for everyone, but for those looking for variety and constant challenges, it may be the best option.
This is the HIFTan ehigh intensity but functional training that competes closely with HIIT and that allows
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