You can build up your speed, endurance, and athletic performance just by exercising regularly for less than 30 minutes a day. It may sound too good to be true, but including HIIT workouts in your training schedule can help to maintain a fast speed for a longer period of time and improve your muscle power and strength.

One way to make your High Intensity Training (HIT) workouts more efficient is to organize them in intervals – turn them into High Intensity Interval Training.

Such HIIT workouts would involve a set of exercises that will increase your heart rate followed by a short period of rest. Typically, you’ll do a set of exercises for a number of cycles.

Read also: High Intensity Training For Endurance Athletes – What’s Too Much?

If you want to amp up your athletic performance but have limited time, HIIT exercises in this post are a good place to get started.

HIIT workouts

What You Need for Effective HIIT Workouts

Before starting, you might want to invest in the right tools to power your HIIT workouts. These can add a lot of variety and fun into your training.

Start with getting a slip-resistant exercise or yoga mat, as well as a microfiber towel. You should also look at investing in a pair of dumbbells or kettlebells. If you don’t have the space to store them, resistance bands can be good alternatives. The NY Times’ list of best resistance bands recommends Bodylastics’ Stackable Tube Resistance Bands, which are made with woven cords that help prevent overstretching. If you want to improve your coordination, a great and inexpensive tool is jumping rope!

Also, you can make your HIIT workouts more motivating with a bit of music. If you’re working up a sweat at home, you might want to keep the volume down to be considerate to your neighbors, so consider investing in a pair of in-ear headphones instead. Adorama’s selection of audio equipment shows how there is a wide a range of wireless earbuds designed to accompany daily workouts. The AirPods Pro (not the regular AirPods) and Sony’s WI-SP500 are both sweat proof making them perfect for sports and movement. Another benefit of using earphones is that they will help you hear the interval timer over the soundtrack better.

Heart Rate Zone Training

Have questions about heart rate training? Need help with your new & fancy sports watch? Ready to take your training to the next level?

Finally, download a reliable Tabata timer app to more easily follow your work and rest intervals. Healthline’s feature of Tabata apps presents several free and paid apps that will help you time your workout. For example, Tabata Stopwatch Pro is a free timer that is great for beginners and advanced users. Look for timers with customizable settings so that you can tailor it for your preferred HIIT workout.

HIIT Workouts You Can Do at Home

Now, for the workouts. We’ve scoured the internet for a variety of effective and fun HIIT exercises for all levels. Here are three you might want to try:

15-Minute Bodyweight Fat Burning HIIT Workout

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Equipment: Yoga Mat

Workout:

  • Squat to Knee Drive x 30 seconds
  • Reverse Plank Marches x 30 seconds
  • Shoulder Tap Plank Jacks x 30 seconds
  • Kneel to Squat Thrust x 30 seconds
  • Explosive Jacks x 30 seconds

*Rest after each exercise for 30 seconds.
*Repeat the circuit for a total of 3 rounds.


20-Minute Jump Rope HIIT:

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Equipment: Jump Rope and Open Space

Warm Up: Cardio Warm Up x 60 seconds (Follow Along the Video)

Workout:

  • Regular Bounce Fast & Slow x 20 seconds
  • Run in Place Moving Front to Back x 20 seconds
  • Double Side Swipe x 20 seconds
  • Push-ups x 20 seconds
  • Diagonal Straddle x 20 seconds
  • Feet Xs x 20 seconds
  • Sprint x 20 seconds
  • Ab Crunchers x 20 seconds

*Rest after each exercise for 10 seconds.
*Rest after each set for 1 minute.
*Do at least 2-3 cycles.
*Optional: End of workout burner: Sprint + Double Unders x 60 seconds


25-Minute Kettlebell Tabata Workout

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Equipment: Weights and Yoga Mat

Warm Up: Quick Warm Up x 45 seconds (Follow Along the Video)

Workout:

1st Circuit:

  • Left Side Lunge with Right Arm Cross x 20 seconds
  • Kettlebell Rows using Right Arm x 20 seconds
  • Right Side Lunge with Left Arm Cross x 20 seconds
  • Kettlebell Rows using Left Arm x 20 seconds
  • Optional Cardio Interval: Cross Jacks x 20 seconds

2nd Circuit:

  • Squats with Kettlebell Touchdown x 20 seconds
  • Curl and Press x 20 seconds
  • Kettlebell Hug Squat x 20 seconds
  • Curl and Press with Knee Raise x 20 seconds
  • Optional Cardio Interval: Standing Fire Hydrants x 20 seconds

3rd Circuit:

  • Right Lunge with Kettlebell in Right Hand x 20 seconds
  • Lunge and Twist to the Left x 20 seconds
  • Left Lunge with Kettlebell in Left Hand x 20 seconds
  • Lunge and Twist to the Right x 20 seconds
  • Optional Cardio Interval: Jumping Jacks x 20 seconds

4th Circuit:

  • Two Handed Kettlebell Swings x 20 seconds
  • Right Hand Kettlebell Swings x 20 seconds
  • Left Hand Kettlebell Swings x 20 seconds
  • Alternating Hands Kettlebell Swings x 20 seconds
  • Optional Cardio Interval: Knee Raises x 20 seconds

5th Circuit:

  • Burpees x 20 seconds
  • Push Up and Row x 20 seconds
  • Mountain Climbers x 20 seconds
  • Russian Twists with Kettlebells x 20 seconds

*Rest after each exercise for 10 seconds
*Repeat each exercise twice for every circuit
*After each circuit rest or do optional cardio intervals for 1 minute

These HIIT workouts only require a few minutes, so what are you waiting for? Get your blood pumping and reap the benefits of a good HIIT workout session!

Bethany Franklin

Bethany is a fitness enthusiast on the way to becoming a qualified personal trainer. Since she was young, Bethany has been into sports, particularly outdoor sports like cycling, hiking, and rock climbing. She is currently working on building a blog dedicated to helping others get fit and have better control of their own lives.