What is HIIT?

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Many of you may have heard about HIIT training before, but don’t really understand what it is. I’m going to briefly explain the concept of HIIT training and how you can include it into your workout.

WHAT IS HIIT?
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. The concept of HIIT is alternating low-intensity intervals with high-intensity intervals. The most common and simplest form of HIIT can be applied to running, however HIIT can be used in many different exercises such as burpees, box jumps, squats etc.

WHAT IS AN EXAMPLE OF A HIIT WORKOUT?
When running, instead of running at a steady pace for 15 minutes, try doing a low-intensity interval alternated with a high-intensity interval. For example, 30 seconds of walking, then 30 seconds of seconds of sprinting. Doing 15 rounds of this exercise would be a great HIIT workout. Push yourself hard during the sprint. Many times we are comfortable at one speed, however it is not even close to our max speed needed to do a sprint. The more you push yourself (under safe conditions), the better the results.

WHY IS IT EFFECTIVE?
Because of the high interval training, you are able to really work on your endurance, increase your metabolism, burn fat, and help build muscle.

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    Endurance: According to a 2011 study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Meeting, 2 weeks of HIIT improves your aerobic capacity as much as 6-8 weeks of endurance training.
    Burn Fat: Because of the high intensity, your body works hard to repair itself. After a HIIT workout, you burn more calories over a 24 hour span than you would during a regular endurance program because your body is constantly working in repair mode to recover your muscles.
    Metabolism: HIIT increases the production of your HGH (Human Growth Hormone) by up to 450% which helps burn more calories throughout the day and is suppose to help slow down the aging process.

HIIT is never easy because you have to push yourself hard, but the outcome may surprise you. Since adding HIIT into my workouts, I have noticed a huge change in my body and my abilities as an athlete.

Do you include HIIT workouts into your workout routine? What are some of your favorite intervals to do? Let me know at corestrengthalec@gmail.com.

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Coconut Turkey Bacon

It may sound weird to some of you, but I promise that it is delicious. If you like Coconut and you like Turkey Bacon, then you will LOVE this recipe. I will admit right now, it is not the healthiest snack you can have, but can make for a nice treat once when you are really craving something both sweet and savory.

Coconut Turkey Bacon

Ingredients:
8 Turkey Bacon Strips
3 oz. of Shredded Coconut
2 tbsp. of Coconut Oil
1 egg

Directions:
1. Crack 1 egg in a bowl and stir with a whisk or fork.
2. Place the shredded coconut on a large plate and spread it out evenly.
3. Oil a frying pan using 2 tbsp. of coconut oil and put the frying pan on the stove top at low-medium heat.
4. Coat one strip of turkey bacon at a time with the egg that was mixed in the bowl. This can easily be done by dipping the entire turkey bacon strip in the bowl.
5. Place the coated turkey bacon strip on the plate with the shredded coconut. Coat the strip on both sides with shredded coconut.
6. Place the turkey bacon strip on the frying pan and let it sit for about 1 minute. After one minute, flip the turkey bacon strip and cook for an additional minute. The reason we do not fry the bacon for too long is because the coconut will easily blacken if cooked too long. We want the coconut to be golden brown.
7. Remove the strip from the frying pan and place it on a plate that is covered by a paper towel.
8. Continue the process from step 4-7 for the other 7 pieces of turkey bacon. Once you have finished cooking all of the pieces, you should have 8 coconut coated, turkey bacon strips on one plate.
9. Place a paper towel over the turkey bacon and put the plate in the microwave. Cook on high for 2-3 minutes or until the turkey bacon has a consistency you like.
10. Let the plate cool and ENJOY!

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Bruschetta Spinach Omelette

Bruchetta Spinach Omelette

This omelette is not only a delicious breakfast, but it also is a great meal for any time of day. For anybody out there on a low carb diet, you need to try omelette recipes like this! The entire omelette has less than 5g of carbs, about 20g of protein, and a good amount of healthy fats (which you need on any diet!). Another reason I love this meal is because it takes only a few minutes to make. All you need to make this is 1 egg mixed with 2 egg whites, 1 cup of spinach, 2 tbsp of Parmesan Cheese, and a half cup of Bruschetta (plum tomatoes, garlic, basil, extra virgin olive oil, and other spices depending on what recipe you may try). Mix the egg and egg whites in a bowl and cook in a pan. Once most of the egg is cooked, flip the omelette over and add the spinach and cheese on top. Fold the omelette over and finish cooking until the omelette in golden. Place on a plate and add the bruschetta on top. Thats it! Try it out and let me know what you think!

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Sauteed Burgers and Vegetables

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I made this meal as my post-workout meal and I honestly can’t get enough of it. It’s packed with protein, good fats, and it’s filling… Just what I like for a good post workout meal!

All you need is:
2 Burger Patties (I did Vege Burgers)
2 cups of Raw Spinach
1 cup of Baby Portabella Mushrooms
1/2 cup of Chopped Onions
1 Egg
Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil

1. Lightly grease a pan with cooking spray or coconut oil.
2. Place the two burger patties in the pan and sautee until ready. (I used Vege burgers which take 6-8 minutes to cook in a pan. Other burger patties have different cooking times. Make sure to check the recommended cooking time for the patties you are using)
3. In a separate pan, heat 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil on medium heat
4. Add the 1 cup of baby portabella mushrooms and a 1/2 cup of chopped onions to the pan.
5. Sautee the vegetables until they start to get a golden brown color. (5-7 minutes)
6. Remove the sauteed vegetables onto a plate that is covered with a paper towel (This will help soak up extra unneccessary oil).
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7. Gently wash and wet the 2 cups of raw spinach
8. Once the burger patties are done, remove the patties from the pan and put them on a plate. Put the damp spinach in this now empty pan that the burgers were once in.
9. Cook the spinach until its begins to turn dark green and shrink. (If the pan is hot, this should only take 30 seconds-1 minute)
10. Place the cooked spinach on top of the burgers, and add the sauteed vegetables on top of that.
11. In a pan, grease and fry 1 egg.
12. Add the egg on top of the vegetables and enjoy!

If you use vege burgers like I did, this meal comes to about 35g of protein and 22g of carbs. If you decide to use meat burger patties instead of vege burger patties, it will raise the protein by about 6g per patty, your carb intake will lower about 7g per patty, and your fat intake will rise depending on the cut and fat percentage of the meat! Meat patties are perfect for those who may be on a low carb diet because the entire meal will then contain less than 8g of net carbs.

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