Sunday morning. One New Change Rooftop, St Paul's. Panoramic views over London. That was the scene before me when I was invited to join a group of adidas x Stylist Magazine winners for a hardcore HIIT workout. Stylist Magazine had teamed up with adidas to offer winners a pair of the brand new adidas Energy Boost trainers, but there was a catch, they (we) had to earn the trainers by taking part in a gruelling workout. Stunning views, a fantastic location, the trainers I had been lusting over for free and a great calorie burn too - I was sold!
Our workout session was put on by Move PopUp Gym instructor and founder AJ. Whilst the workout was tough, I loved AJ's style of leading a fitness class - he had me chuckling the whole way through. Holding a plank whilst trying not to laugh definitely felt like it worked my abs harder! We were put through our paces with a sequence of intense exercises and we had to repeat the whole sequence three times. It was generally a cool, mildly overcast morning so the gentle breeze was welcomed whilst we sprinted on the spot. However, on the third sequence the clouds decided to part and let the sun shine down on us. Thankfully adidas & Stylist Magazine provided water bottles and towels for us to mop up the beads of sweat that glistened on our foreheads.
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and is based around doing a movement or exercise at maximum intensity (all out, everything you've got, 100% effort) for a short period of time, followed by a short rest period, then repeat. It is shown to provide a greater calorie burn than steady state exercise such as long distance running as your body continues to burn calories even after your HIIT workout. That basically means you can burn more calories in a shorter amount of time!
For our HIIT session, AJ had us doing 20 seconds of bodyweight and on the spot cardio exercises then 10 seconds rest. We were sprinting on the spot as fast and as hard as we could, star-jumping as if we were trying to fly, we did jumping squats, jumping lunges, burpess, mountain climbers, bicycle abs, planks, push ups and what I can only describe as can-can kicks whilst in a half bridge. Each sequence only lasted 5 minutes and the whole workout was 20 minutes. As someone who often complains about not having enough time, I am a big fan of HIIT.
Thank you so much to adidas for my wonderful kit! I was wearing the Energy Boost Trainers in mint, Studio Power Laces Tights in pink, Clima Essentials Strap Tank in black, Supernova Racer Sports Bra in pink and a Running tshirt. I just love the bright colours.
What HIIT workouts/routines have you enjoyed? If you have a link to any, share them in the comments belowThe first 3 photos in this post were taken by and are copyrighted to Lucie Kerley