HIT is the best way to ensure that you are always a hit with your fitness training. HIT stands for High Intensity Training and whether it's the weights or cardio that you prefer for your workouts, HIT works for them both.
High intensity = High impact
High intensity training is guaranteed to leave you getting the most impact from any fitness programme. It's always best to mix strength & conditioning work too because when you combine weight training work with cardio exercise, you will build up your strength, gain lean muscle and improve your cardio fitness all at the same time.
And HIT means that you get the most from your workout. It was originally developed in the early 1970s to aid weightlifters. It has a simple principle at its core: you should train harder, but for shorter periods of time. It is best to exert higher levels of effort but in shorter workouts. This will have more impact than training for longer periods of time but with lower (or even medium) levels of effort.
HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training
In recent years, the original HIT principle has been adapted to suit other types of gym work. High Intensity Interval Training is based on high intensity bursts of activity with short recovery times in between. This is the most effective way of burning calories quickly.
One of the most popular forms of HIIT is Tabata. Developed in Japan, this involves high intensity work interspersed with low intensity activity. For example, on an exercise bike you might do 20 seconds of flat out pedalling followed by 10 seconds of low intensity cycling. Repeating the process for four minutes will give you a great calorie crunching workout.
Tabata can be done as either a cardio or a strength training activity - but remember it's always going to have the most impact when a workout involves the whole body and includes strength and conditioning work.