This was definitely a beginner level workout but that’s obviously the purpose of it. It is straight walking variations. Though there are one minute intervals of higher intensity I cannot imagine this actually being a HIIT workout. But who knows? Everyone’s fitness level is different. I did like it for some very low impact and low intensity cardio. My recovery is going really well and I am already doing more intense workouts than this (I have created some awesome low impact Cathe workouts using her workout blender that are perfect for my unique circumstances) but I am still trying some of Jessica‘s walking workouts anyway since I will probably need them in the future. I want to have a handful of these workouts for days when I am not feeling well but want to do something. Jessica’s walking workouts are perfect for that. Currently when I do them, I have been pairing them with more intense Barlates workouts. This morning was Ballet Sculpt Lower which fried my legs!
HIIT for Beginners: Walking Interval Cardio Workout is 25:30 minutes long; 5 minute warm up and 4 minute cool down/stretch. After the warm up the structure of the workout is 3 minutes of steady state cardio + 1 minute interval (7-8 intensity effort).
- Walk forward and back; side to side step
- Interval: fast march w/ jumping jack arms (or jog in place)
- Side to side step moving forward and back; changes to lateral skaters; walk in place; add alternating knee raises; side steps
- Interval: lateral skaters (more intense than during the steady state–wider steps, use arms)
- Heel digs to front; hamstring curls; wide alternating knee raises; side steps; march forward and back
- Interval: wide alternating knee raises w/ rainbow arc w/ arms
- Walk forward and back; alternate tapping toes side to side w/ jumping jack arms; march in place; alternating knee raises; side to side steps
- Interval: alternate tapping toes side to side w/ jumping jack arms (low impact jacks) or full jumping jacks