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All posts by Ioanna Koliou



Realism HITs home

Before my introduction to High Intensity Training with HITuni I (like most) believed I could almost pre order the physique that I lusted for. Thanks to fantastic coaching from the HITuni team and my own researching on the subject of High Intensity Training and including an awesome blog post courtesy of Skyler Tanner, I now have my expectations firmly grounded in reality. (Here is Skyler’s article which highlights the slow gaining of muscle over a training career). I had never been a regular at the gym in fact I made considerable efforts to bypass that route. However, I had dabbled …

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Training for Life: HIT

HIT or High Intensity Strength Training has value beyond that which all other forms of physical activity confer. It doesn’t matter whether you have never exercised before, whether you are a seasoned athlete, male or female, 12 years old or 80 years old the principles of HIT are applicable and safe to apply to all. HIT is about long-term fitness, health and strength. Know that every possible physiological benefit that it is possible to attain from exercise, is achieved when you employ HIT. To the uninitiated this may sound like a bold claim, yet HIT is nothing more than a …

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The Benefits of High Intensity Training for Women

The benefits of HIT for women are many fold and at the same time there are also some misconceptions around HIT and strength training in general that need to be overturned. Many women want to strengthen their bodies and be fit, but do not want to have bulky, bulging muscles. Yet that bulky look is near on impossible to achieve without an extremely rare genetic make up or failing that, taking anabolic steroids. About 99% of women in their natural state, cannot put on what would be considered unsightly muscle, no matter what their training approach or diet. What will …

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The benefits of HIT for Sports People

There are so many reasons why a sports person will benefit immensely with High Intensity Strength Training (HIT), especially with the methodology that HITuni teaches. Some of the main benefits that HIT will provide a sports person playing for example football are; strength, flexibility, an optimally functioning cardiovascular system, essentially you are going to provide the footballer with an exceptionally fit body to perform their best at their given sport. They will do this in a safe way without risking potential injury in something that is enhancing their fitness. Often typical traditional strength training done with sports people puts the …

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What is a personal trainer?

In the broadest context a personal trainer is someone who offers as a service their expertise in exercise to clients. Clients choose to work with a personal trainer to get physical results more quickly, more efficiently, more effectively and more safely than if they were to attempt to train themselves. An additional component is that some clients perceive a need for a personal trainer due to motivational aspects; maybe they wouldn’t train at all if they didn’t have the commitment to their personal trainer. A personal trainer is not a sports coach (although a sports coach may choose to become …

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Fitness Trends 2013 show the need for High Intensity Training

Recently I read the ‘Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2013’ conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and although High Intensity Training (HIT) was not directly written about, there was an element of HIT within every one of the top twenty trends. As the survey stated; a prediction was made with regards to the amount of workers within the fitness industry and the fact that more businesses are realising that having a healthier happier work force is far more productive. This in turn creates a need and increased demand for Certified Personal Trainers and persons seeking to be qualified. So my point …

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Cardiovascular Health and High Intensity Training

Many individuals looking to improve their health through an exercise program think first and foremost about improving their “heart health” or cardiovascular condition. The vast majority of people believe that they will need to perform a modality of exercise that is traditionally considered cardiovascular or “aerobic”. Options that typically come to mind are running, treadmills, rowing machines, cycling, dance or other aerobic group classes. The belief then follows that if they want to improve their strength too they will have to add in some form of weight training in addition to their “aerobic “ training. Although this approach to physical …

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The Best Form of Cardiovascular Exercise: HIT

Although it will be news to most people even today, the fact that HIT (High Intensity Strength Training) is the most effective form of cardiovascular exercise has been known at least as far back as the mid 1970’s. In 1975 the father of modern HIT Arthur Jones funded a study carried out at West Point Military Academy known as Project Total Conditioning. One group of subjects performed HIT and a second group acted as a control. The HIT group outperformed the control group on every single metric tested including overall strength, neck strength, cardiovascular condition (there were 60 different tests …

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Origins of HIT and the Supporting Science

HIT, which stands for High Intensity Training, has its modern roots in the work of Arthur Jones whose writings and thoughts on exercise were developed from the 1970’s through till the first decade of the 21st Century. Arthur Jones was the original owner, inventor and designer of Nautilus exercise equipment that revolutionized the fitness industry in the 1970’s and 80’s.  Along with a skill for equipment design, Jones had very specific notions about exercise protocol, and his opinions on exercise were refined through until his death in 2007.  Over his lifetime Jones invested millions of dollars of his own money …

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The need for HIT

At HITuni we believe that the benefits of exercise should be available to all. The approach to exercise that HITUni advocates focuses on safety, efficiency and effectiveness. High Intensity Strength Training has for the last 30 years been only a niche of the wider fitness industry. The fitness industry has tended to attract young, relatively healthy and active individuals of both sexes: those who are physically most capable. The fitness industry has typically centred its attention on marketing and promoting “the next new thing”- trends that come and go, and has often looked to sell the image of a lifestyle …

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