Recently, I introduced you to “The 4 Steps to a Great H.I.I.T Workout“.
I told you how to select exercises that worked well within a HIIT program. I showed you how to correctly increase the volume and intensity of your HIIT workouts for maximum efficiency. I also explained how modifying an external load can be an effective HIIT tool.
In today’s post I will show you some sample HIIT workouts that I have used on some of my clients.
Different Types of HIIT Workouts
In my business, I work with athletes who are interested in improving their athletic performance as well as the “rest of us” who are mainly interested in improving our overall health and perhaps losing a pound or two.
Lucky for me, HIIT is an effective tool for both groups.
The only differences in designing HIIT programs for these groups is that the level of intensity and resistance is usually higher for the ‘athletes” and that the exercises I choose for them are specifically suited to the needs of their sport.
For example, basketball players need to maximize their vertical jump whereas the rest of us probably have all of the “hops” we need to perform well at our job.
So for all of you aspiring Dwight Howards, or if you are simply interested in improving your vertical jump, while burning off body-fat and lowering your blood pressure, read on:
Vertical Jump HIIT Workout # 1
Exercise Combo # 1
Vertical Jumps onto Platform/Bench/Step/Etc.
Active Rest Exercise
Rotation Lunges – walking or static
Exercise Combo # 2
Bulgarian Jumping Squats – with added resistance (dumbbells, XVest, etc)
Active Rest Exercise
Bulgarian Squat – bodyweight only – focus on the stretch
Exercise Combo # 3
Wicked Hip Flexor Stretch
Hip mobility & psoas stiffness (or lack thereof) is crucial to generating sick hops
Putting it all together
These are three very specific HIIT workout combinations. They are designed to improve the trainee’s vertical jump while at the same time reaping all of the other HIIT benefits.
Due to their intensity, I usually do not perform all 3 combos back to back. I insert them into the body of a more generic resistance training workout.
As their athletic and jumping abilities improve, I:
- Increase the Volume of HIIT
- Increase the Intensity
- Increase the Load
I also have a few more jumping exercises that I use now and then, but these are my favorites.
If you are looking for a complete Jump Training program, take a look at this one.