View Full Version : Options for indoor HIIT

12-17-2002, 06:49 PM
PowerMan's thread has made me decide to start doing HIIT training for help with fat loss. I was previously doing 2 mile runs, but would prefer something that's more effective and less catabolic. HIIT seems to fit the bill. However; as we all know it's winter and not exactly the best weather to be outside running. I'm trying to come up with some options for performing HIIT indoors. I have access to a small gym on my non-weight training days but activities which require little or no equipment would be ideal. Treadmills seem to be mostly out of the question because of the time it takes for a treadmill to speed up/slow down and the risks associated with very high speed treadmill running. Here's what i've come up with so far:

1) Jumping rope. You'll need a high ceiling and a good flooring surface (no downstairs neighbors, no snowy grass, etc) as well as a jumprope. Seems like a good option.

2) Running stairs (indoors). Could be quite loud if you're running stairs in your home or apartment complex. Otherwise, seems like a good choice as long as you have at least a few flights of continuous stairs. I don't think a stairmaster would be a good choice due to the same limitations as a treadmill.

3) Swimming? I'm not much of a swimmer but i would assume that if you go all-out for 15 seconds you'd get one hell of a workout. Of course, i'd be likely to drown during the "rest" period but, to each his own. Not sure how many people have access to a pool anyway (especially in the winter).

4) Stationary bike. This might be a good choice for people who have a decent stationary bike available to them. They can generally speed up and slow down much faster than a treadmill and you can easily adjust the difficulty/speed without risk of injury.

Personally, jumping rope is the only GOOD alternative for me. I don't have access to a good stationary bike or pool and i don't think my neighbors would appreciate me running the stairs every other day. Anyone else have any other suggestions?

12-18-2002, 11:13 AM
I'm trying it on a HealthRider contraption. I'll let everyone know if it works, 'cause I just started doing HIIT last week.

12-18-2002, 11:15 AM
Originally posted by Cue-Ball
1) Jumping rope. You'll need a high ceiling and a good flooring surface (no downstairs neighbors, no snowy grass, etc) as well as a jumprope. Seems like a good option.

Wow, I hadn't though of this, sweet idea!

12-18-2002, 02:19 PM
How many minutes do you think you would need to have to jump rope for a good fat loss technique. Probably a lot. Find a gym where people run full court basketball. Even if your no good, hustle your ass off, and that will help big time. If that doesn't help to lose the gut, nothing will.

12-18-2002, 06:32 PM

I think you're missing the whole point of HIIT training. Read PowerMan's original thread on this and you'll see why it's not necessary to do long-duration aerobics for fat loss.

Although basketball might be a good HIIT alternative, i'm not a big fan of the sport.

12-18-2002, 08:19 PM
I jumprope during winter....it's alot more tiring than you would think :D

Lettuce Face
12-21-2002, 02:13 AM
Try some shadow boxing or if you have a heavybag use it. Boxing can be a pretty effective, high intensity workout.

Saint Patrick
12-22-2002, 10:43 PM
I'm gonna be starting High Intensity as well; I'm gonna be doing Jump rope, Punching bag, wind sprints (not really an option indoors), and Basketball.