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What is HIIT?
- High Intensity Interval Training. Simply put, it’s an intense movement that lasts anywhere from 20 to 60 seconds were you go full force; you give it everything you’ve got until you feel completely depleted (jump squats, burpees, sprints, etc…) and then you rest for about 1 to 2 minutes, or perform an aerobic exercise to calm your heart rate down. You then repeat this movements in intervals for as many rounds as you can.
- HIIT is the best way to burn fat and build muscle at the same time. Hypertrophy is achieved best when performing short bursts of movements like these, and it’s much better for losing weight than steady state cardio.
Working out is fun… I promise.
- I am constantly experimenting in the gym and I love it. It is one of my favorite things to do. Every time I walk into a gym, it’s like playground for me. I try to always go in with a positive attitude and find my why to workout. If you enjoy your workout, you’re more likely to keep going back. So find youre why and find exercises to do that are fun for you.
How many days should you workout per week?
- I recommend 4 days a week at least.
Muscle Building and Protein Worries
- I feel like there is a huge misconception when it comes to muscle building and getting enough protein while being vegan. Protein doesn’t build your muscles, it repairs them. Carbohydrates build your muscles. So, make sure that immediately after your workouts you consume some carbohydrates. Eat all the carbs to build those muscles!
- YOU WILL GET ENOUGH PROTEIN being vegan. Trust me when I say this because I am obsessed with aesthetics and building my body. I get more than enough protein from all my vegetables, legumes and complex carbohydrates that I eat through out the week.
- Trust the process and don’t get frustrated. I have had many days where I am just not moving like I want to. I traveled in SE Asia for 1 year, and out of that year I didn’t workout for 6 months. Getting back into the gym was hard, and it took me about 4 months to finally feel like myself again.
- Do workouts you enjoy. I love legs! There is a misconception that you can’t train the same body part everyday of the week. but I think it’s totally fine. I do not think you should do the same exact workout everyday (for example 7 days of heavy ass squats in a row) but training the same body part everyday actually makes sense to me. An appropriate example would look like this:
- Day 1: Heavy Squats with HIIT Upper Body Day 2: Lightweight Squats with HIIT Full Body Day 3: HIIT Legs with Heavy Upper Body Day 4: Heavy Lunges with HIIT Legs Day 5: Bodyweight Squats with HIIT Upper Body Day 6: HIIT Full Body with emphasis on Legs Day 7: Stair Master/Running
- If you aren’t doing something you enjoy, the process will be miserable. Don’t do burpees if you absolutely hate them – but do give them a try. Sometimes the process isn’t always fun, but the result are, and that makes the workout “fun” or, worth it at least. Most of the time, when you start to see and feel those results, the process becomes addictive and you start to enjoy things your never thought you would.
- Get a good playlist going!
- Change it up! Sometimes after walking into the same gym day after day I tend to get unmotivated. Take your workout outside or get a few different gym memberships! (Trick: go get a free 3 day pass somewhere just so you can have a new place for a few days).
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