This is not a joke. During the 3 years I have been involved with cross training, I have seen my course mates literally fell apart due to injuries that have been sustained during the workouts. With the intensity of the HIIT workouts, the probability injures actually increases. I hope readers can avoid such a situation by providing some tips that I have gleamed from my coach and fellow course mates.
Tip #1: Be very familiar with the exercise routine
With HIIT workouts, the movement is fast and relentless. If you are not familiar with the movement, you might be caught between memorizing what is next and actually doing it. In such moments, the probability of injuries increase as your brain is giving instructions that might be contradictory for your body. To avoid such situations, it is best that you know each set of movements by heart so that your brain is focus on doing the actions than trying to figure how to do it.
Tip #2: Buy the right HIIT shoes
Your feet is going through a lot of punishment during these intensive HIIT workouts. Try to lessen their burden by getting the right pair of shoes that allow your feet to move freely and to be comfortable. I see many folks simply using their running shoes but they are not ideal for such workouts. An ideal HIIT shoe should have the following:
- Good lateral support for side to side movements
- Low heel lift to avoid putting more pressure on your fore toe
- Fore toe support
- Light weight
- Made of material that allows your feet to breath. Mesh is one such material
Given that above, you should be able to pick up the right pair of HIIT shoes. If you need more advice, check out my article on the best shoe for HIIT workouts.
Tip 3: Do you warmups
I understand that some of you are rushing to classes from work. However, don’t skim on the warmups. In fact, a good coach should allow force to warm up properly. Failure to do so can lead to muscle sprains or more serious muscle injuries.
When doing the warmups, make sure you are actually warming up your muscle and not merely sketching it. A common mistake I see is that folks are doing sketching exercises, not warming up exercisers. There is a difference between the two and it is to your benefit to find out what is a good set of warming up exercises.
With these tips, you should be in a better shape to avoid injuries during your HIIT training. Good luck and have fun with your classes.