Top 5 Equipments for HIIT workouts


HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. It is a type of workout that works all muscles of the body intensely in spurts. A 100 metre sprint can be considered as an exercise of an HIIT workout. Although exercises like sprinting and spot jumping don’t need any equipment, some exercises of the HIIT workout do. Having this equipment and gear at home can enable you to do the entire workout at without stepping outside the house. Following is the equipment you would require to perform a complete HIIT workout.

1. Kettlebell :

Kettlebells can be used for a variety of HIIT as well as weight training workouts. Unlike dumbbells, you have to hold one kettlebell with both hands. Kettlebell swings, floor-to-overhead kettlebell press, high plank to burpee kettlebell deadlift, lunges and kettlebell jacks are some of the HIIT exercises you can perform using kettlebells. You can even use them to do parallel grip push-ups.

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Courtesy: T Nation

 

2. Jump Rope :

You can perform a wide variety of spot jumps using jump ropes. The ropes provide additional exercise to the arms and shoulders, which is why it is better to use ropes while skipping. These are light in weight, portable, and do not occupy a lot of space. Some new models also come with a built-in mechanical tally counter to keep a track of the number of revolutions done.

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Courtesy: Men’s Journal

 

3. Wood Plyometric Box :

These do occupy some space but are worth it as you can perform box jumps and many other HIIT exercises on them like step-ups, lateral step-overs, burpee step-overs, elevated push-ups, elevated knee touches, etc. You can opt for lighter, portable plyo box sets made of synthetic material too if those are more comfortable.

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Courtesy: Made-in-china.com

 

4. Battle Rope :

The various movements you can do with a single pair of battle ropes are biceps wave, lateral whip, outside spiral, jumping slam, alternating rope whips, wrestler throws, and many more. You can alternate between the different movements in a single set. All of these movements are excellent HIIT exercises to work your whole body, especially your arms and core muscles. Battle ropes need space but are a must-have for any modern gym.

Courtesy: Men’s Health
Courtesy: Men’s Health

 

5. Medicine Ball :

A medicine ball can be used for doing a wide variety of HIIT exercises like the overhead slam, V-up, crunch with medicine ball hold, straight-leg sit-up, hay bailer, figure-8, squat press and throw, reverse swing, etc. Because of the versatility of exercises that can be performed using the medicine ball, it has to be included in HIIT workout gear.

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Courtesy: Titan Fitness

 

HIIT can be very effective in burning fat and toning muscles simultaneously. These workouts can get really taxing and you can perform them indoors without any consumption of electricity. If you aren’t interested in gaining a lot of muscle mass and hate the idea of going to the gym, you can bur the above-mentioned equipment and spice up your indoor workout routine. You can look up other exercises to be performed using this gear on the internet. There are plenty of free video tutorials available.