The one with hostel HIIT

So who doesn’t love a good HIIT? For anyone who has yet to experience the pain/glory of HIIT, that’s High Intensity Interval Training. And ya, it’s intense.

The three main reasons I love me a good sweatylicious HIIT sesh:

1)      It has MAJORLY helped my running feel better and faster

2)      It is so quick yet really hits the spot in terms of feeling like you’ve done a hardcore workout and are basically the equivalent of Rocky except minus the giant slabs of meat

3)      Kayla Itsines prescribes it in her BBG and obviously what Kayla says, Jessie does because girlfriend is genius.


The other thing about HIIT is that basically, you can do it anywhere. It’s a great option if you want to work out but don’t want to run around an unfamiliar/unsafe city or if you don’t have a tonne of weights or gym membership at your disposal, because it can be done basically in your body length of space. Trust me, I am an expert at working out with only that much space as I have pretty much lived in the tiniest possible places throughout my entire uni career and while we wait to move into our new house we are living in a backpacker hostel which is basically the tiniest space yet. You will probably hear me complain about it just a little bit 😉

And because there are people below us who probably don’t want to hear me prancing around the room, this has added a whole new dimension to my HIIT. No jumping?! HIIT without jumping is a whole other world but I am determined to make it work. And the main way I’m doing it is by making sure I use my legs as much as possible (biggest muscle = most intense heart pumping), taking shorter breaks, and really focusing on making sure my beast mode is FULLY 100% on for each move.


My current fave that is quiet enough to do in the hostel:

30 seconds of:

  1. squats with weight
  2. sumo squat + kick
  3. plie pulses with weight

with 10 seconds of breaks in between each exercise, repeat set x 3

  1. walking lunges with weights
  2. push ups
  3. mountain climbers

with 10 seconds of breaks in between each exercise, repeat set x 3

Then I repeat the whole workout twice… It is lovely 😉 Not as crazy as a more plyometrics type workout but definitely gets my heart rate up with a nice little burn on the side.


What is your favourite HIIT move? -I love skipping!!! I used to do it all the time and am thinking about doing an entire HIIT just with skipping. In terms of quieter moves I love push ups (they’re finally getting better!).

What do you notice helps your running get a lot faster? – Defnitiely HIIT and BBG


About kiwiyogirunner

I'm a kiwi girl travelling the world and staying grounded through yoga and running! Come hang out and be besties with me while I attempt to navigate my crazy life :) For more details check out my About page!
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