HIIT Playlist

Some musical motivation for HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training (intense bursts of exercise followed by more moderate effort). HIIT has been around for years but it’s becoming increasingly popular as more and more people reap the benefits of this effective workout for fat loss and fast fitness gains. There is tons of information out there about why HIIT is beneficial, I’m sure you’ve already come across it, so in brief:

The Benefits of HIIT:

  • Improves aerobic capacity.
  • Increases anabolic threshold.
  • Increases calorie burn for 24 hrs after workout.
  • Increases production of Human Growth Hormone which also increases calorie burn.
  • Increases metabolic rate.
  • Helps to trim fat whilst preserving muscle.
  • Intense effort is great for working off stress and aggression plus the added bonus of endorphins.

However, one of the major factors in HIIT’s increased popularity is due to time efficiency.  One can achieve all the benefits of a long steady state workout (and more) in half the time. It’s a highly efficient workout than can be slotted into a busy lifestyle. I particularly like that one can be playful and creative with HIIT, using different timings, intensities and exercises preventing boredom setting in.


I’d like to give this inventive HIIT treadmill workout a go. However, I think I might get some odd looks in the gym – not because I’d be topless like David Silk (he could do with checking out The Best Training T-Shirts), I’d definitely be fully clothed – but due to the somewhat innovative use of the treadmill.

Useful HIIT Tool:

The Gym Boss App is a really useful tool and it’s free! It’s an interval timer pre-programmed with some standard HIIT timings. You can also easily program your own. It cues each interval with a beep and a change in screen colour and can be used concurrently with your playlist. I absolutely love this app and find it invaluable when I get bored of the treadmill and want to head outside instead. Well worth downloading.

Useful HIIT Template:

This is taken from the Body For Life program.  It’s one of my favourites as I get fantastic results and also get a massive endorphin hit after giving this my all.

Click on the image to enlarge or click this link for more details.

The intensity level is based on the RPE scale (rate of perceived exertion) where 0=inactive and 10=maxed out.