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How to Fuel High Intensity Interval Training

How to Fuel High Intensity Interval Training

I was recently interviewed by Sara Curry of Blaze Yoga and Pilates to talk about why her students are bonking during Inferno Hot Pilates -- a type of heated pilates that incorporates High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT.

Bonking, crashing, hitting the wall...call it what you want, but when it happens, it sucks.

The great thing about HIIT is that you get a killer transformative effective workout in a short period of time...but ONLY if you’re adequately fed. Here are some common mistakes people make when trying to fuel their high intensity interval training.

Are you making these workout fuel mistakes?

Are you making these workout fuel mistakes?

What should I eat before and after I exercise? Do I need specific snacks?

I get this one a lot. More so lately, for some reason.

My answer to this question is basically my answer to everything: you have to experiment and see. Just as there's no one diet that is appropriate for everyone (shock of all shocks), not every person will do well with the same fuel surrounding exercise.

It depends on the type of exercise you do, the intensity, the duration, your goals, your lifestyle, your health status, etc.