Strength Training or High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?

Many people are looking for the best way to “get fit” or “be healthy”. If you search for the answers online you will find millions of results. That is because there are TONS of different ways for people to get fit and stay healthy. In addition, every person is different which makes finding the right way challenging. There is no “magic pill” or one specific way to lose body fat. The answer depends completely on what works for you and your goals.

Two of the best ways, in my opinion, are High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Strength Training.

But which one is best for fat loss?



The short answer: BOTH

Simply put, being in a calorie deficit (burning more calories than you take in) makes you lose fat.

HIIT burns more calories🔥 than if you were to walk into a big box gym and “pick things up and put them down” 🏋️‍♂️ because HIIT increases your heart rate❣️⬆️. When your heart rate increases, you burn more calories. Some people can burn hundreds of calories during a 1 hr HIIT class. More calories burned🔥 = more fat loss⬇️. But not so fast. It’s not all about burning the most calories as possible🧐


Strength Training🏋️‍♂️is very effective at helping you build muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn at rest. Muscle tissue has been shown to burn 7–10 calories/lb/day compared to fat which burns 2–3 calories/lb/day. This means that someone who has more muscle will burn more calories throughout the day than someone with more fat.


So the answer is: both are great ways to lose fat!

An even better answer would be to do a combination of both🥇🏆

Luckily, at H.E.A.T. Fitness we offer both. Between our Personalized Strength Training and Outdoor Small Group Training Classes you will build an amazing balance of strength, cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility, muscle tone, fat loss and much more.

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