HIIT the Beach
It's time to take off your shoes and hit the beach for some HIIT (high intensity interval training). Remember Rocky and Apollo
sprinting hard along the beach in Rocky III? Well, that’s pretty much what I’m going to have you do.
Beach interval training is a fun and great way to burn calories
and boost your metabolism while being outdoors and enjoying natural surroundings. Beach running provides an
awesome interval workout since running on sand is harder than running on other surfaces because it provides more
resistance unless it's packed down. The increased running resistance that sand provides also allows you to
burn more calories than you would running on flat hard surfaces. You can choose to run barefoot or run with
your shoes on.
For beach intervals I like doing the Tabata protocol.
The Tabata protocol is a short but intense 4 minute interval workout split between 8 sets of 20 second high
intensity work intervals followed by 10 second rest intervals. The goal of these intervals is to sprint along
the beach as fast as you can during each work interval and walk during the rest intervals to catch your
breath. Always warm up before interval training and cool down afterwards. When you are done go relax
and lay out on the beach with a refreshing beverage and work on your tan. You deserve it.
| Beach Intervals (Tabata protocol)
Sprint 20s + walk 10s
|| 4 min.