If you’re working at improving your aerobic capacity and strength, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can offer you a streamlined approach to realizing those goals. Not only are HIIT workouts typical shorter than traditional steady state cardio, the increased intensity is a great way to change up a stale workout routine. An interesting study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research tested different HIIT routines on competitive strongmen and powerlifters.
The aerobic fitness and strength of 16 resistance trained men were measured before and after 8 weeks of HIIT. Some cycled while other performed effort and volume matched sets of weight training exercise. Although both groups showed significant improvements in aerobic fitness and strength, the cycling group realized greater improvements in aerobic capacity while gaining about the same amount of strength as subjects in the resistance HIIT group.