Here’s a question for you all: When you do cardio are you just plugging along or do you HIIT it? Confused on what that means? HIIT = High Intensity Interval Training. And why do we HIIT? There is plenty of evidence out there that HIIT is the best kind of cardio to maximize your weight loss efforts while trying to build or maintain muscle. And, it’s your most effective choice when you don’t have much time: it’s short, but certainly not sweet!
Kids, I don’t mean setting the elliptical to “weight loss interval mode” and going along pretending there’s a different between high and low. HIIT is manually switching up our speed or resistance so that you’re going balls-to-the-wall for a short burst of time, working so hard that your only choice is to truly come to a rest when it’s over. When you are truly doing HIIT, you should be working so hard in that 30-60 second blast that you could not possibly keep it up for any longer. That’s how you know you’re doing it right! Or finding the nearest track and sprinting the long sides then walking the curves. Or, plugging in Cathe Friedrich’s HIIT dvd and busting out the heart-pumping plyo drills for 30-4o seconds – and finding yourself unable to do much but walk around for the breaks.There are many other ways you can HIIT it too, these are just some of my favorite examples.
I’ve been HIITing and working out with Cathe for quite some time. Back in the day I used to do all my workouts in the gym. Some days I would have loved to just avoid the place altogether and still get a worthwhile workout in, but I was convinced that there were no DVD’s that were tough enough for ME. Workout DVDs, I thought, were for those just starting out and afraid of gyms and not in great shape yet. There was no way a DVD could give me the same burn I got in the gym or going for a run. Granted, I had seen some pretty lame programs. But then someone recommended Cathe’s dvd’s. I started with KickMax and IMAX 3, and soon realized this was no joke, even for those of us who like to consider ourselves “advanced”! Later I added CardioFusion to my collection, another butt-kicking thriller. When I found out that Cathe was releasing a new HIIT dvd as part of her Shock Cardio series, I didn’t hesitate to pre-order it. I’m so glad I’ve added this to my collection – it’s the perfect thing to do when I just need something quick, or to mix in with segments from my other Cathe DVD’s for a truly intense and effective workout. And because it actually has not one, not two, but THREE seperate 30 minute workouts, I’ll never get bored or too comfortable with any of them.
So why am I telling you all of this? Well, a few weeks ago I was honored when Cathe’s newsletter published my Amazingly Creamy Pumpkin Penne as one of their Featured Healthy Recipes! And as if that wasn’t enough, they gave me a generous gift certificate to use in the Cathe Shop. But I figured, why not spread the love?
That’s why I would like to give one lucky reader a chance to HIIT it with Cathe. I really love this DVD, and I think everyone should get to try it out – if you already know and love HIIT, it will be a great item to have at home; and if you’re not sure if your interval training is really HIIT, you’ll get to find out! The only caveat is that this program requires an aerobic step, and because I think it would be a little useless to own the DVD if you don’t already own a step, I have selected an alternative which I think will give you a very similar workout full of intense cardio bursts. (But, I do think an aerobic step is a great investment – if you are thinking of getting one, definitely do it!) Another member of the Shock Cardio series, Cardio Core Circuit promises to deliver an intense blast of circuits, with the added bonus of core work. I haven’t tried this DVD yet myself, but the description and customer reviews make this sound like a real hardcore challenge – in fact, I will probably make it my next Cathe purchase for myself.
And here’s how you’re going to win it. The more comments you leave, the better your chances!
1) Leave a comment here letting me know if you’re already a Cathe follower, and if not, why you’d like to become one.
2) Let me know – do you HIIT it? How often? How do you do it? Inside, outside, what kind of work and how do you time your intervals? Are you a HIIT believer?
3) Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know.
4) Tweet about this giveaway to your followes and leave a comment letting me know you did.
5) Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here. Again, leave a comment letting me know about that.
6) Find another DVD in the Cathe shop that you’d love to try.
7) Check out my recipe for Pumpkin Penne and tell me what you think about the ingredients. Have you tried cottage cheese in creamy sauces or soups? Is it on your blog? If so, show me! If not, tell me your favorite way to eat cottage cheese.
The deadline for entering the contest is Friday, July 16th. I will announce the winner on July 17th and you’ll let me know which DVD you’d like. That gives you plenty of time. Go! And good luck!