Surfers! Are HIIT Workouts for you? Read This First!
Do you surf all the time? Competition or not? Are you considering starting HIIT workouts? Read This Before You Get Started! We will go over why you should or should not start with HIIT workouts and what are the best ways to start that method of workouts. It will not be easy, but it also won’t be too hard. As long as you prepare your body and increase the intensity as increments, not surges.
Why HIIT Workouts?
HIIT, also known as high intensity interval training is of those terms that’s heavily tossed around in the fitness industry.
Want to lose weight fast? HIIT!
Want to get shredded? HIIT!
Want to boost your metabolism? HIIT!
Want to surf longer? HIIT!
Want to be stronger? HIIT!
Want to have that surfer’s beach body? HIIT!
The effectiveness of high intensity training cannot be overstated… but… and there’s a big but here… BUT it’s not for everyone.
Why HIIT is not for everyone
If you’re overweight or morbidly obese, you really don’t want to start off with HIIT. There are several reasons for this.
For starters, you’ll be carrying a lot of weight which will place immense stress on your joints. If you’re overweight and doing jumping lunges and skater hops, you might injure your knees. You do not want that to happen because then you won’t be able to do anything for real this time.
Over and above that, people who are overweight usually are that way because of a sedentary lifestyle. They’re not used to exercise and it’s not a habit for them. That is why we need to break that.
If you adopt HIIT as your training protocol from the get-go, you’re going to suffer. The workouts will be insanely hard and for someone not used to exercise, it will feel torturous. You’ll start dreading your workouts.
Guess what happens after that?
Your mind will start cooking up excuses to prevent you from training. This is your mind’s self-preservation mechanism. It knows that the workouts are Herculean and you’re just going to hate it. So, it does its best to convince you not to train. Which then means your motivation will be down and you will never want to work out again.
The end result is that you start skipping your workouts… and soon you stop exercising totally. Now you’re back to square one and no better off.
How To Succeed with HIIT workouts?
The key to succeeding with HIIT is to first develop the habit of exercise. Go to the gym 5 times a week. If you can’t even do this on a regular basis, you will not have the discipline to stay true to a HIIT regimen.
Walk for an hour daily. This will be enough to get your body to burn calories and cause fat loss. Remember to eat at a caloric deficit. You’ll need discipline to tailor your diet accordingly. As you can see, these initial steps are necessary to build your self-discipline. That is all it is.
During this process, you’ll start losing weight and the pressure and impact on your joints will diminish. Keep at it until you notice that your results are starting to taper off. That means your body is adapting and becoming more efficient.
When we start incorporating HIIT?
By now, you’d have some strength, more stamina and less fat. You can slowly ease into HIIT by doing it once or twice a week. It’s all baby steps here, don’t rush since you might injure yourself or worse, loose complete motivation to stay in shape. Increase the intensity till you are mildly uncomfortable, but not until you cannot take it anymore. Just enough to push yourself.
You’ll still be sweating, panting and your heart rate will be higher than normal. It will be more than what you’re accustomed to. This is how you ‘season’ your body and get it ready for the actual high intensity training.
Always remember that you can’t out train a bad diet. So, make sure your diet is on point and you’re eating clean. Yes, that does mean eating vegetables and fruits all the time. When you’re expending more calories than you consume, you’ll shed the fat and your HIIT workouts will improve. You will also feel more confident in your body but also in your head and motivation will be obvious to keep going.
It’ll be less of a struggle to move fast. Slowly increase the number of sessions till you’re doing 3 HIIT sessions a week. On the other 3 days, you can do resistance training or some cardio training, or better SURF. Take a day to rest once a week so that your body can recover and your muscles to relax. It can also be an active rest like surfing, swimming, running and so on. Rest day does not mean stay in the couch and eat chocolates all day. It just means you are not doing HIIT workouts.
The goal is to make continued progress and keep getting faster and raising the intensity bar every day. In 2 to 3 months, you’d have improved so much that you won’t be able to believe it.
Now you’re ready to go all out and exercise at maximum intensity. You’ll be leaner, have the self-discipline to stick to your training schedule and you’ll be a lot fitter. You will feel so great about yourself, you will tell the world about it and you will not want to stop. That’s how you do it.
Now remember. When you loose motivation, remember where you were a couple months back and get back up. It is okay to lose motivation once in a while but not forever. Another way to fit motivation is to force yourself to do that workout, surf, or anything in life that you are not too motivated about at the moment.
If you have not yet checked out our surf training fitness program, you need to start doing so at Surf Ranks. Where we give you HIIT workouts specific to surf training for surfers all around the world. Rank 1 is beginner focused so you don’t have to worry about being lost because you will be just fine and will be having a blast!
Can’t wait to see you on the inside!