HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training Explained


Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
273 Pages
Reviewed on 01/26/2019
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training Explained is a nonfiction health and fitness book written by James Driver. The term “High Intensity Interval Training” often conjures up nightmarish images of infinite series of burpees in many imaginations. Driver, who has a Masters Degree in Sports Science and is a longtime professional personal trainer, quickly dispels that misconception as he introduces what HIIT really is all about to his readers. Yes, burpees are indeed one of the suggested exercises that can be used in a HIIT session, but so can walking, running, hill climbing, weight training or any of the many different exercises Driver discusses in this informative book. He also explains in some depth how HIIT can cut down the amount of time that’s needed for a complete workout as compared to conventional training, and how HIIT can be used by anyone regardless of age and fitness level. He cites studies showing the effectiveness of HIIT including for group studies of cardiac patients, and he provides an extensive list of references.

HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training Explained does exactly what it purports to do. I’ve read many books on exercise and fitness programs and felt sufficiently impressed and motivated by this book to begin integrating HIIT into my daily exercise routine. I had previously associated HIIT with burpees and the types of vigorous exercise most people are not interested or fit enough to engage in, and I was pleased to discover that I was way off base. Driver knows his stuff, and his enthusiasm for HIIT is infectious. He gives readers of all fitness levels sound reasons to incorporate HIIT in their routines, plus he shows them how to monitor their stats and keep records of their progress. This is a well-written book that will appeal to seasoned fitness fans as well as newcomers, as Driver keeps his information accessible while providing links for those who want to continue learning. HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training Explained is most highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training Explained is a work of non fiction focused on health by writer James Driver. Not so much a workout guide as a factual explanation of the impact and benefits of interval training, this discussion-based book allows you to understand the origins of HIIT training and why it is fast becoming such a popular exercise method. In the book, Driver compares HIIT training to various other aerobic methods which have come about in recent years, advocating that HIIT is time saving and more effective. There is a detailed discussion of the changes which occur in the body from engaging in HIIT.

It is important to acknowledge that this is not a specific workout plan, but a book which engages readers who are new to HIIT and want to understand what impact it will have on their bodies before engaging in this type of training. People already interested in fitness are likely to better understand the terminology used, though author James Driver does make the work accessible to new exercisers through clear explanations and discussions. The sections of the work are well organized to take you through the mental and physical impacts, as well as explain some specific exercises and why it is important to work in sprint intervals with restful movement in between. HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training Explained is not a book for the faint hearted, but it is sure to give better motivation and enlightenment to those wishing to explore this effective form of exercise for themselves.

Mamta Madhavan

HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training Explained by James Driver is a useful tool for all those readers who would like to increase their fitness, lose weight, enhance sports performance, or simply have fun engaging in the most enjoyable and most beneficial form of aerobic exercise. Readers will gain a wealth of information about fitness, and will gain enough confidence to create their own HIIT workouts designed to meet their personal goals. The book discusses HIIT, the advantages of HIIT compared to other forms of exercises, the many HIIT protocols, creating their own HIIT workouts, the specific and unique nutritional strategies, the potential dangers of HIIT and how to prevent them from occurring, and so on.

The author's experience as a personal trainer is palpable while going through the book and he handles the topic methodically and extensively without making it sound too boring or preachy. The book is motivating and will encourage readers to take their fitness seriously and exercise regularly. The tips and techniques are simple and can be practiced without any difficulty. The author has done proper research and the book will cater to both beginners and advanced exercisers. I like the way the author has handled a relevant topic with expertise and it is the perfect read for all those who want to get started with HIIT. It is definitely a good book for all those who want to be fit and healthy. The book will also help readers design workout routines suitable for them and achieve their exercise goals.